There are some awesome events about to begin next year. Before I get into that I want to take some time to explain a few things that might help you understand why these events are so awesome. Bare with me on this. I will do my best to make it understandable. :)
In order to understand the significance of these events we must go to the beginning.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. It took God 6 days to create our world and everything in it. On the 7th day He rested.
Genesis 2:2-3 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
He passed this resting day onto us.
Exodus 20:8-11 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Exodus 34: 21 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.
The Sabbath is a day of rest. God has more then just a weekly Sabbath, though. For Christians our rest is in Jesus Christ. But for the Jewish who still practice the old laws there are also 7 year rests called Sabbatical Years or sheviit.
Exodus 23:10-11 And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof: But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.
These seven years go in seven year cycles.
Leviticus 25:3-11 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land. And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee. And for thy cattle, and for the beast that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat. And thou shalt 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 shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile 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 jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed.
A Sabbatical year is every seven years. The Sabbatical years fall into a cycle of seven. After every seven Sabbatical years, forty nine years or 7×7, the first year of the new cycle, or the fiftieth year, is a Jubilee year unto the Jews. A Jubilee year happens every 50 years. However, the Jewish nation no longer celebrates the Jubilee year due to the fact that they do not have all that is required from the house of Israel, including their temple and red heifer, but, they still observe the Sabbatical years. So, in this manner we can still know when God’s Jubilee year for the Jewish nation is to begin.
**The last year of the 49 years begins Sept. 2014 – Sept. 2015. That means the next year beginning Sept. 2015 – 2016 is God’s Jubilee year for the Jewish nation. Counting backwards we find the last Jubilee year was Sept. 1966 – Sept. 1967. Do you know what happened in 1967 for the Jewish nation? After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Israel was declared a nation by the 1949 Armistice Agreements. However, it wasn’t until the Six Day War that they regained control of Jerusalem. In 1967!
** edit to correct my wording.
Do you know what else happened in 1967? In 1967 there began what is called a Lunar Tetrad. A Lunar Tetrad is when there are four consecutive total lunar eclipses. Before 1967 the last tetrad began in 1949. Year sound familiar?? Even more interesting is that in both of these years the total lunar eclipses fell on Jewish Holy Feast days. The last time that happened began in 1493 during the Spanish Inquisition when the Jews were told to convert to Catholicism or leave Spain.
There have been other lunar tetrads in recent history, such as 1985-1986 and 2003-2004, however, these did not all fall on Jewish Holy Feast days. There were no tetrads between 1600-1900. Six in the 1500’s, none of which fell on Jewish Holy Feast days. I also found it interesting that from their re-appearing in 1909 – 2003, they happened nearly every 19 years. A Jewish Leap year happens 7 times in a 19 year period. During a leap year they add a 13th month. A leap year is called a Pregnant Year. If you went by the “every 19 year” find, the next one should fall around 2023. But alas, the chain has been broken. The next Lunar Tetrad begins in April 2014. And guess what, the whole tetrad falls on Jewish Holy Feast days!! This does not happen again with the future tetrads of this century. Something big is about to happen in Israel! Also note that 2016 is not only a Jewish leap year, it is also the 19th year in the 19 year cycle.
Joel 2:28-32 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 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 terrible day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
Acts 2:17-21 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Revelation 6:12-13 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
God’s Jubilee Year
This gets even more interesting. God established a Jubilee year for the Jewish nation. Could it be possible He has a Jubilee year in His timeline for all of us?
Back to Genesis 2:2-3 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
God rested on the 7th day. The 7th day is a sabbath. Jesus did not command us to worship on the 7th day. In fact He said:
Mark 2:27-28 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
If Jesus is our rest, our sabbath, what sabbath is spoken of in Hebrews?
Hebrews 4:1-11 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
There remains a rest for God’s people that believe. When is it?
The Creation week is a good picture of God’s timeline.
2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Psalams 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
It took God 6 days to create our world and on the 7th day He rested. If one day is a thousand years to God than six days is 6,000 years and the seven thousandth year will be our rest in God. The 1,000 years spoken of in Revelation.
The 7th day is the Lord’s day. Exodus 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God. When the bible speaks of the day of the Lord it is usually associated with the end times. As the blood moon scriptures above show along with many other scriptures.
So, what day are we right now?
Jesus came about 5,000 years after creation. Therefore, He came on the fifth day. Afterwards would follow days 6 & 7. His disciples called these the last days. We are ending day six.
Hosea 6:1-2 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. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
After 2,000 years, or 2 days, from Christ’s first appearance He will return to raise us up. We are beginning the 3rd day now. But what does that have to do with God’s Jubilee year for us that believe in Christ?
Genesis 6:3 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.
A Jubilee year is every 50 years. What if 120 years is actually 120 Jubilee years? 120×50=6,000 years than God’s strife with man is over.
Acts 3:20-21 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
That is what a Jubilee year is, a time of restitution of all things. Since the next Jubilee year is 2016, that makes the last Jubilee year 1967, as spoken above. Jerusalem was restored to the Jewish nation.
The Jewish calendar doesn’t go by years like our Gregorian calendar does. They go by creation days. They do believe their calendar is off by 220 years approx. The year 2016 will be the 5776th year of creation on the Jewish calendar. As we seen above it is also the biblical Jubilee year for the Jewish nation. It will also contain blood moons and solar eclipses. All together it’s very fascinating. Could the day of the Lord be nigh at hand??
John 6:38-40 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Here are links to some really good charts that might help you understand better:
Note: I am NOT saying that 2016 is the end since I do not know when that is but, I believe that we are very close. Jesus gave us many signs to watch for including signs in the heavens.