All Christians should know we have reached the place where
this age is just about finished. It is at the point now where it is destroying
itself. The one hope of civilization remaining is the second coming of Yahshua
our Savior. Naturally everybody has been wishing for this to happen since
Yahshua went away. Anything that may lead to a little clue, as to when we can
expect Him to return, should be welcomed.
I have often taught there is as much Christianity in the Old
Testament as there is in the New Testament. It is not as easy to understand
because it is in the form of prophecy and symbols, in the Old Testament rituals.
However, it is all there, once you understand the meaning of these rituals, in
the very earliest days these rituals were understood.
Moses who did not originate the law or the rituals, but who
crystallized them into a specific code, understood the full significance of all
that he set up. Later this knowledge was lost, as is the fate of all deeply
religious truths. When we learn to look for these truths, the Bible becomes a
new book. All the Old Testament rituals were symbolic of Yahshua, either His
first coming or His second coming.
There were four festivals in the spring. These festivals were
called Passover, first fruits, feast of unleavened bread and the feast of weeks,
now called Pentecost. These were symbolic of Yahshua's first coming,
crucifixion, resurrection and His gift to us of the spirit. It is worthy to note
that Yahshua fulfilled the reality of each one of these, on the exact day of the
festival, which symbolized it. This should not surprise us, the Bible is His
book, and Yahweh wrote it through His secretaries, the prophets.
The three fall festivals are symbolic of His second coming. I therefore feel
very confident that on the particular year He returns, Yahshua will fulfill the
reality of each of these festivals, at the exact time of the festival that
symbolizes it. To fully understand this we have to go back a little bit.
Adam was not the first man, as I documented in the study
"Adam Was Not The First Man". The Bible recognizes there were pre
Adamic races here for vast periods of time. There is no conflict between true
science and the truth of what is in the Bible. Satan had been the governor of
this planet, possibly of some others also. He was rightfully so under the
appointment of Yahweh, until Satan forfeited his right to rule by rebelling.
Adam was sent here to throw Satan out and take his place as
governor of this planet, ruling it in obedience to the commands of Yahweh. Adam
was just like we are, easy going, liking to avoid conflict, so he made the same
foolish mistakes that so many of us are making today. The thinking of today, as
it was then is, "Why can't we have peaceful co-existence with evil? Let's
talk things over with Satan and his followers the Jews. Let's agree not to be
too harsh with each other, after all, isn't tolerance a virtue?". It goes
on and on. Of course you know what the consequences of this type of thought and
action are. This was rebellion on the part of Adam, consequently he forfeited
all that had been given to him and which we might have inherited from him.
The Bible records that Adam was made in the image of Yahweh.
Are we today in the image of Yahweh? Does Yahweh get tired, sick or grow old and
finally die? These things happen to us, so you no longer have the image of
Yahweh, you have a pretty faded copy of it, because Adam lost these glories.
Adam was told that as part of the curse, which was placed upon him, because of
his violation of Yahweh's laws, he and his descendants would have to earn their
living laboriously. Whether you earn your living plowing a field or working at a
desk, it is still plenty of work.
These people that assure you, very cheerfully, that lots of
work is a great blessing, do not convince me at all. The Bible tells us this
hard work is a curse. Adam and his descendants would have died of despair long
before now, if they had not been given some reason to hope that eventually this
trouble would be straightened out, and things would be put back as they were
before Adam lost it all with his disobedience to Yahweh.
Sometimes, if you have a symbol to remind you, it is easier
to keep in mind the reality. On the other hand, some stupid people fail to
realize what it symbolizes and they miss the point. While the Bible does not
record it all, we know that Adam and Eve were given pretty complete information
about what was going to happen. Genesis 3:15 is the first promise of the
coming Redeemer, but there was more than this. It is quite obvious Yahweh also
told them that the Redeemer, was going to come in human form as a descendant of
Much of this is lost in the mistranslations, which garble up
the King James translation of the Bible so badly. If you have a Scofield Notes
edition of the Bible, even the marginal notes help to straighten things out. The
text quotes Eve, when she had given birth to Cain, as saying, "I have
gotten a man (i.e., a man child) from the Lord". However, you will notice
that in the Scofield note in the margin, the literal meaning of what she said
is, "I have gotten a man-child, even Yahweh".
Eve had been told that a descendant of hers would be Yahweh
Himself, taking on a human body to do the work of redemption. Here was a
descendant of hers, here was Yahweh already come in the flesh. We know she was
mistaken, but we can't blame her for being optimistic. It is therefore obvious
that she had been told more than is recorded, in these early chapters of
Then take the matter of animal sacrifices. The symbolism of
this is that the Israelite, realizing that he has sinned, is making a public
proclamation that, "I know I have committed a sin, I know the consequence
of sin is death, this means my death unless another pays the penalty for
me". The people didn't originally think there was any merit in cutting the
throat of a sheep. The Book of Hebrews indicates this. The death of this
offering of the lamb was to act out a charade, to act out the belief that by
this violent death, the shedding of another's blood, the penalty of death would
be lifted from you.
The first detailed mention of this was by Moses. As the Book
of Hebrews records, when Abel brought a blood sacrifice, "By faith Abel
offered unto Yahweh a better sacrifice than Cain." You cannot have faith in
something you have never heard of, so obviously this had also been explained.
Adam, Eve and their descendants were under this terrible burden of having to
earn their living in a very hostile environment.
The promise was given that eventually this burden of hard
labor would be lifted and they would have a period of rest again. The weekly
Sabbath was a reminder of this promise. Six days you work hard, but on the
seventh day you had a day of rest as a reminder that there is an age of rest
coming eventually. Then the scope of this promise is expanded.
Every seventh year was a year of rest. You do not get much
pleasure out of just one day of rest, so you get a seventh year of rest. You
also got one more thing, you were under an obligation to make an honest
repayment of your debts as well as you could. If in spite of all honest effort
some of your debt proved unpayable, this debt was canceled in that seventh year,
the year of release.
Yahweh promised the creditor, "If you will cancel the
unpaid debt in the seventh year, I will make you so prosperous, that you will
have a lot more than you would have if you had tried to collect a few pennies
from a broke, bankrupt debtor". Yahweh paid our debts for us. What is the
application of this on the great scale? We are debtors to our God, Yahweh. We
owe Him the debt of obedience and we haven't met this obligation have we? As a
result of our disobedience, our sins, the death penalty looms ahead of us. But
Yahweh said He would pay our debts for us. Then after seven of these seven-year
periods (49 years), seven being a year of release, we come to the fiftieth year,
the year of the jubilee.
Do you know what caused the decay and fall of the Roman
Empire? They started as a nation of hardy, independent farmers and they
conquered the entire world they knew about. Then problems came about that have
plagued farmers all through the centuries. There was a year of poor crops and
the farmers had to borrow money from the moneylenders, ancestors of the same
moneylenders we have today. When these poor farmers weren't able to repay these
loans, the moneylenders foreclosed on the farms. Then the farmer and his family
drifted to the city as homeless and landless and they became rabble. You know
what happened to Rome after that. It was Yahweh's intention that this should
never happen to His people. The farm was the source of living for yourself, your
family, and their families. You could lose it neither by foreclosure because of
debt, nor by a voluntary sale.
If you became poor, had to sell your farm or borrow money on
it, and then lost it by foreclosure, there was a remedy so the farm would not be
lost permanently. The only thing you could mortgage or sell was the right to use
the farm to raise and take crops until the next year of jubilee. This year of
jubilee might be fifty years away, it might be next year, but just until that
next jubilee was all that you could sell or all that you could lose. In the
meanwhile, if you became prosperous enough to redeem your land, you could do so.
Let's suppose you lost or sold your farm when there was ten
years to go until the next jubilee and after two years you had enough money to
redeem it. Your creditor had already gotten two out of the ten years he had
loaned or paid for the land. So, you paid him eight-tenths of what you had sold
it for. You were buying back the unexpired portion and you again took possession
of your own land. If you didn't have enough money to do this, it could be
redeemed for you, but only by you’re nearest relative.
Do you know the difference between mere salvation, which
means only continued existence, and redemption, which is the restoration to us
of all that our ancestor Adam lost? We know that Yahweh is our heavenly father.
Yahshua was called our brother, the first born of many brethren. Our brother is
certainly one of our nearest relatives, so the symbolism of the Bible is fully
All of these facts were originally well known, and then
gradually the rituals became mechanical. This is the tendency of a professional
priesthood. Finally Yahshua had to say to His disciples, "O fools and slow
of heart, to believe all that the prophets have written," and they had been
living and studying with Yahshua for over three years. This is equivalent to
about 3,000 years of study in the modern theological seminaries.
The fall festivals were symbolic of the second coming of
Yahshua the Christ. The Hebrew calendar was a lunar calendar, the new moon
beginning each month. This does not fit in with either a four week,
twenty-eight-day month, or a thirty day calendar month. One lunar cycle is
twenty-nine days, twelve hours and a few minutes, so it is always getting out of
step with things. The result was, a lunar year worked out as some 354 days. So,
years would go by and the calendar would be a month out of step with a solar
year of 365 1/4 days. Because of this an extra month was added to bring the
calendar up to date.
The Hebrew day began at sunset, not at midnight, the new moon
started each month. When you look at the calendar today and you see marked on
it, new moon, that is the astronomical new moon computed at the point where it
is exactly opposite the full moon. This is as close to the sun as it can get
consequently it is invisible. You cannot see the moon because of the dazzle of
the brilliant sun. By the time the sun has set enough for that dazzle to fade,
the moon has set also. The Hebrew new moon was the following evening when you
could see that thin crescent of the moon up in the sky just after sunset.
These ancient people also recognized two different starting
points for the year. In the spring, with the month of Nisan, they began a year.
Their two different calendars were generally called the sacred year and
the civil year. There seems to be some disagreement among scholars as to
which one is which. Perhaps the better view is that the year beginning in the
spring was the sacred year and the year beginning in the fall was the civil
year. The Hebrew month Nisan began the sacred year. None of their months
correspond exactly with any of our calendar months. They all began somewhere in
the middle of our months and ran over until they were in the middle of the next
The Hebrew month of Tishri began in our month of September
and continued over into our month of October and Tishri began the civil year.
Tishri begins very close to the fall equinox and that was the ordinal ancient
starting point of the year. Later, upon Israel's coming out of Egypt in the
exodus, Yahweh gave them a new spring equinox calendar, which should properly be
called their sacred year.
There are three festivals occurring in this month of Tishri,
beginning when that thin little crescent of the new moon could be seen in the
sky. Then on the tenth day of Tishri, there was the Day of Atonement. On the
fifteenth day of Tishri began the weeklong feast of tabernacles. Here we have
some of the deepest symbolism of the entire Bible. As I have taught in the past,
these three festivals are symbolic of the return of Yahshua the Christ.
In Matthew chapter 24, the disciples asked Yahshua,
"What shall the sign of Thy coming, and the end of the age?". Yahshua
gave them seven sign to watch for as warnings that, when you see all seven of
these, His return would be very near. At the present time I cannot go into
detail of what these signs are, because this is a lesson in itself. Almost any
Biblical subject you choose dovetails around into other interesting subjects. It
is very hard to pick out what you can teach on in the time people can sit still
Within our lifetime we have seen the first six of these seven
signs of the return of Yahshua the Christ. The seventh sign is, "The
abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy
place". The holy place is where King Solomon's temple was. Today the mosque
of Omar, also called the Dome of the Rock, stands on this site. This is the
second most holy site for the Moslems. When the Jews take control of this site,
Yahshua went on, after listing these seven signs of what to
watch for, He told them they would see in the heavens the sign of the Son of man
coming in the clouds with power and great glory. Obviously this is something to
The seven signs Yahshua foretold are to warn you to be ready,
it can happen almost any time now! It could be tomorrow; it could be ten years
from now or even much longer. Sometime soon it is going to happen. When you see
in the heavens the sign of the Son of man coming, this warns us it has already
Let's look at the symbolism on the small scale, the prophetic
scale, and see what this means on the great scale of reality. This was the
ritual for the New Year. They knew from the calendar this day was approaching.
The question was, what was the moment of time that marked the end of the old
year and the beginning of the New Year?
Today we look at our watches and wait for them to show
midnight. The ancients looked in the sky to see the new moon, because this would
mark the instant of the ending of the old year and the beginning of the New
Year. They would put watchers up in towers in the city, or on a nearby hill if
it was a small village, up where local lights would not dazzle their eyes and
nothing would be in the way of their vision.
They were watching and when anybody saw that thin, hairline
crescent of moon in the sky, he set up a shout and the people of the village
took up with shouting and blowing of trumpets, making great whoopee. Now we do
it at midnight, then they did it at sunset.
On the small scale we looked in the heavens for the sign of
the ending of a period of time, a year, and the beginning of a new period,
another year, but what did it symbolize? We were to look in the heavens to see
there the sign announcing the ending of an age and the beginning of a new age.
Certainly this is what the return of our Savior Yahshua is going to mean. This
will be the end of this age of tribulation and punishment. It will be the
beginning of Yahshua's 1,000 years of reign on earth as King of Kings. The
symbolism of this is very plain. Because it is a lunar calendar, always getting
out of step with the solar calendar, the New Year never starts on the same day
of the week in its successive years. For any particular year, you will have to
get a calendar that has the Hebrew calendar dates on it, to find when the Hebrew
New Year is. This marks the first day of the first month of the New Year, the
New Year’s Day.
When we go on to the tenth day of this month Tishri, for the
Day of Atonement, here we do come to the deepest symbolism in the Bible. It
would be good to read the Book of Hebrews, in the New Testament, because it
undertakes to explain a great many of the rituals and the symbolism in the Old
It is fashionable in most of today's churches to say,
"Well, the Old Testament is only a record of Yahweh's mistakes and
failures. It had to be thrown in the garbage can so He could whittle it down to
a new religion that was simple enough that He could make it stick". Our God
did not make any mistakes, He was right the first time and He had nothing to
correct. The Old Testament is as Christian as the New Testament.
The Book of Hebrews tells us that our real high priest, our
permanent high priest, is Yahshua the Christ. Under the Old Testament a man was
high priest but he had only a limited lifetime and then died. Then somebody else
had to be appointed high priest in his place. This high priest was doing on a
small scale, the symbolic scale, and the things, which were to remind Israel of
what Yahshua was doing on the great scale of reality.
Since the high priest was acting out the part of Yahshua,
something had to be done to set this high priest apart from other men. It was
necessary to give some indication that he was to have some degree of majesty and
glory that ordinary men did not have. This is a hopeless task. The best they
could do was to give him a splendid uniform, which no one else is allowed to
wear, so this is what they did. The high priest's robes were magnificently
embroidered. On his breast he had the breastplate, the plates of gold, each
containing a jewel engraved with the name of one of the tribes of Israel. The
turban on his head bore an engraved plate on the front of it, also beautifully
engraved. It was about all that could be done to indicate that here was a man
with a degree of glory that his fellows did not share.
Now we come to the ritual of the animal sacrifices, the
meaning of this is very clear. Any time during the year an Israelite, who was
conscious that he had committed a sin, could go to the temple, offer a sacrifice
as a sin offering, and this relieved him of the burden of his sin. He went away
cleansed, the load was lifted off his shoulders. However, this wasn't the end of
it. This sin still had to be answered for, even though not by him. So the
symbolism was that the sins of all the people were gradually accumulating in the
temple throughout the year.
The Day of Atonement symbolized the great judgment, which is
to take place. The high priest was just a mortal man he had his own sins. Before
he could participate in a ritual where he acted out the part of Yahshua, he
first had to offer a sacrifice to cleanse himself of his own sins so that he was
fit for the next few hours to go ahead with his job, so this is what he did.
Then he offered another sacrifice for the cleansing of the temple. This wasn't
too different from other times of the year. Now we come to the part where the
deep significance lies.
During the year any individual Israelite could bring his own
sacrifice and offer it as his sin offering. This was his offering for his family
and himself only. On the Day of Atonement, two goats were chosen on behalf of
the entire nation. Mistranslation in the King James Bible has garbled this
beyond understanding and belief. In the King James Bible it is recorded that of
these two goats, one was chosen by lot to be a sacrifice for the people and one
goat was to be a scapegoat. This is a meaningless phrase, which doesn't
exist in the Hebrew nor is there any equivalent of it. This is simply some
clergyman's idea of how Yahweh should have written it. What the correct
translation records is, "One goat as a sacrifice on behalf of the people
and one goat for Azazel". Who or what is Azazel?
The Bible itself doesn't record who Azazel is but, there is a
book written back in Bible times which, while I don't give it the credit for
being the divinely inspired book the Bible is, it is still valuable for
recording some things the people of that day knew and understood. By reading
this book, we can read the Bible with the knowledge they had when they were
reading it in that day.
The Bible records there was a rebellion among the angels in
heaven. About one-third of these angels rebelled and were thrown out of heaven
and cast down on earth as a result of this. The Book of Enoch records this in
The first six chapters of Enoch record the conspiracy among
the angels to lead this rebellion. It gives the names of about twenty or so of
the principal ringleaders in the rebellion. One of these rebellious angels is
named Azazel, and then it goes on to record how they came down to earth.
Remember how the Bible speaks of the angels who left their first estate, and so
These rebellious angels came down to earth, began mingling
with people, and began teaching them wicked things to do. It goes on to record
how Azazel had taught much wickedness, including teaching the people the art of
warfare. This warfare was to fight wars for the purpose of conquest, looting
their neighbors and that sort of action.
With all the wickedness taught by this angel and the other
wicked angels, the earth was in a very bad condition. Enoch records that people
were dying in great numbers and their bitter cries of complaint were going up to
heaven. Because of this Yahweh sent a committee of four archangels to
investigate and to report to Him how bad the situation was. I will admit that
this seems to me a roundabout way of doing it, so I'm not citing the Book of
Enoch for anything more than who Azazel was.
The Book of Enoch records these angels investigators looked
the situation over to make a report to Yahweh. They reported the situation was
every bit as bad as the complaints of the people indicated. These angels
reported, "Thou seest what Azazel hath done, teaching all wickedness in the
earth". Yahweh said, "Therefore unto Azazel ascribe all sin".
Certainly individual people have committed individual sins,
but they have done so because Azazel had started this process by teaching people
to sin. Therefore he is responsible not only for what he has done, but for what
he has taught people to do. Azazel bears the responsibility for their sins as
well as that of his own personal ones. Yahweh then tells one of the archangels,
"You take a chain and tie up Azazel and cast him into a pit out in the
desert. Let him stay there and think it over for awhile, until I get around to
his final judgment." Now we know who Azazel is.
Two goats have been selected, one as a sacrifice on behalf of
the people of Israel and one for Azazel. The high priest, up to this time, has
been wearing his majestic robes of office. This was symbolic of Yahshua when He
had all the majesty of the Godhead in heaven, before He hid that in human form
to come here among us upon the earth.
Now the high priest lays aside the majestic robes, bathes and
puts on clean, white linen robes. This is symbolic of spotless, sinless purity,
because Yahshua though a man like ourselves, had no sin whatsoever of His own.
The high priest is now symbolically acting out what Yahshua accomplished by His
first coming. The first goat, the one chosen on behalf of the people, is
sacrificed. Then the high priest takes some of the blood. Here we had better go
into a little architecture.
From the time of the tent tabernacle on the exodus, right on
down to the great stone temples in Jerusalem, the layout was always on a similar
plan. There was a large outer court into which the people could come with their
sacrifices. Then there was an inner court, limited to the priests, which
contained the altar; the priests offered the sacrifices upon this altar. This
was the holy place; behind this was the holy of holies. This was a little
chamber about thirty Feet Square; in this was the mercy seat. Remember when
Moses was up on Mount Sinai, Yahweh gave him two stone tablets upon which He had
written the Ten Commandments.
The people built a chest, which the King James Bible calls an
ark. It was a wooden chest covered with gold inside and out. It was about four
feet long, about two feet high and about two and a half feet wide. In this Ark
of the Covenant was kept the stone tablets, written by Yahweh, and a golden vase
containing a sample of the manna with which the Israelites were fed during the
forty years of wandering in the wilderness. There was also a section of Aaron's
staff, which budded, to show he was Yahweh's choice for high priest. In the holy
of holies this chest, the Ark of the Covenant, was set flat on the ground. At
each end of it was a great carved figure of an angel with outstretched wings.
These angels were huge figures, about fifteen feet from wing
tip to wing tip. Each stood with one outstretched wing touching the sidewall of
the room and the other wing outstretched over the Ark of the Covenant and the
mercy seat. The two angelic statues were identically positioned at each end of
the ark, so their outstretched wings formed a canopy over the mercy seat. Yahweh
had said, "I will be there in the holy of holies sitting upon the mercy
seat when you come in with your sacrifices".
Ordinary people couldn't go into the holy of holies, only the
high priest. The priesthood was comprised of the tribe of Levi. The priests
themselves couldn't go into the holy of holies ever, excepting the high priest.
The high priest could enter the holy of holies one day only; this was the Day of
Atonement, because he was going into the direct presence of Yahweh.
The high priest, after putting on his plain white linen
robes, sacrificed the goat, which was the sin offering for the people. Then he
took some of the goat's blood, went into the holy of holies, and sprinkled a few
drops of the blood in front of and upon the mercy seat. This was a reminder that
the people's sins had been paid for by a death, a brutal and bloody death. This
had paid in full for all the sins of the people.
Now that we understand Christianity, we know that it was the
death of Yahshua upon the cross, the shedding of His blood that paid the penalty
for our sins. It is pointed out in the Book of Hebrews, that Yahshua is our real
high priest. His going into the real holy of holies, into the presence and
person of Yahweh, bearing His own blood not just the blood of a goat, is the
proof that our sins have been paid for.
The high priest then comes back out of the holy of holies and
again puts on his majestic robes of office, as Yahshua returning from where he
had been in heaven. In Acts 3:21 the Bible tells us, "...whom the
heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things." This is
the restitution of all the good things that we lost by the disobedience of Adam
and ourselves since then. Yahshua isn't coming back as just a man, to be
brutally kicked around and murdered. He is coming with all the power and majesty
of the Godhead.
During all this time, the goat selected for Azazel has been
standing there and has not been sacrificed. Now the high priest lays his hands
over the head of this goat and he confesses over the head of this goat, all the
sins of all the people. All these sins have been accumulating at the temple for
the whole year; symbolic of the entire age we have been living through. All the
sins of the people are laid upon the head of this goat. Then a man selected for
the job, takes the goat out to the edge of town, gives him a good swift kick to
start him going, and sends him into the wilderness.
Remember that out there in the desert in a pit is Azazel,
confined in chains, awaiting his judgment. The message sent to Azazel by the
goat is, "Look Azazel, all these sins are yours, and for you there is no
sacrifice. You must pay for all of these sins". This is indeed fair enough;
otherwise there wouldn't be any justice. All this is done on the tenth day of
the autumn month of Tishri.
The fifteenth day of Tishri starts the feast of tabernacles,
which was the most joyous of all the festivals of Israel. The people spent this
week in tents instead of their comfortable homes. This was perhaps a reminder
this was how they had to live during their forty years of wandering in the
exodus. Prophecy does not look backward prophecy looks forward. I really think
it is symbolic of what we are going to experience when our cities have been
destroyed by atom bombs. We are going to find the best shelters we can, which
are going to be very poor for a while, until Yahweh restores order.
The Israelite civilization was agricultural. The Israelites
did not make their living as stockbrokers or moneylenders; they were out in the
field cultivating the land. They planted in the spring and harvested in the
fall. The grains crops were harvested first, and the grapes the last crop of all
to be harvested. When the grapes were trodden and the juice was pressed to make
into wine, to preserve it, all of their year's work was over. Then for the first
time, a farmer could sit down and draw a deep breath. There was nothing more for
him to do immediately. He could feast on the earnings of a season's hard work.
Let's go back and study the full significance of all of this.
Yahshua said in Matthew 24:30, "We shall see the sign of the Son of
man coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and glory". On the
smaller scale, the symbolic scale, we look to the heavens for the sign that the
period we have been in is ended and the new period, the new age, is beginning.
There is no way to tell the exact year Yahshua is going to return.
In Mark 13:32 Yahshua said, "But of that day and
that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, but only the
Father". It is worthy of note that the Greek word translated here as knoweth,
basically means to know intuitively. Had they meant that no man knoweth by
study, they would have used a different word. We aren't entirely discouraged in
our study of the scriptures, even though we may not know the exact day and hour.
In the year Yahshua comes back, I am absolutely confident
that on the Hebrew's new year day, we will see in the heavens the sign of the
Son of man coming with power and great glory.
Continuing on to the tenth day of Tishri, what has happened?
Judgment has been passed and executed upon Yahweh's enemies. So, on the tenth
day of Tishri, in the particular year Yahshua comes back, He will have arrived
and executed judgment upon His enemies. I am not trying to tell you the hour nor
even the day, but I am telling you about a ten-day period, which I am confident
will include the exact day of His arrival.
All through this long age we have been working hard and doing
our best to grow crops of one kind or another, and the children of Satan have
been stealing these fruits of our labor, haven't they? We have had an age of
terribly hard work, in which the product of our work has not been for us; it has
been taken from us. But Yahweh has said that He keeps books of account, and He
is just. What we have earned will be given to us when this age comes to an end.
Our period of hard and unproductive work will then be over,
and we will begin to enjoy the fruits of what we have earned and it will be
joyous! The feast of tabernacles was the most joyous ritual feast in the Old
One of the things they did on the Day of Atonement was to
proclaim the jubilee year. They measured their time in seven-year cycles. After
six years, the seventh year was a year of release. Then after six more years,
the fourteenth year was also a year of release, and so on. After the forty-ninth
year, the fiftieth year was the year of jubilee. Like the year of release, it
was a year of rest and it also included the restoration to you of everything you
had lost. So, on that particular year, on the Day of Atonement, they proclaimed
the jubilee year.
Remember, on our Liberty Bell of which we are so proud, cast
in the metal around the rim are the words, "Proclaim liberty throughout the
land unto all the inhabitants thereof". This is a word for word quote from
what the Bible says about it in Leviticus 25:10. So the Day of Atonement
and the jubilee are connected together. The festivals were symbolic of these
great truths, and in each case Yahshua fulfilled the reality upon the exact time
of the symbolic festival. The jubilee year was the time of restoration to us of
all we had lost. This is what we will enjoy during the millennium when Yahshua
is on the throne, ruling as King of Kings.
Doesn't it seem likely that Yahshua would return and start
this period of His rule in a jubilee year, for this would surely be fulfilling
the symbolism? However, I am going to tell you later why it will not work out
quite this way. When is the next jubilee?
A tremendous amount of historical research and mathematical
work has been done by David Davidson, who wrote one of the truly authoritative
books on the Great Pyramid. Much more work has been done by Adam Rutherford, who
has also written a great deal of material on the Great Pyramid. However,
Davidson and Rutherford do not come out exactly the same on all their dates, on
some they do and on some they don't.
All of these rituals and festivals were commanded to be
started on the year the exodus ended, the year the children of Israel entered
the Promised Land. If we can ascertain what year this was, we can establish the
first year of the first seven-year cycle. Then we can repeat the seven year
cycles until we come to the fiftieth year, which was the jubilee. Then we can
calculate all the jubilees after this.
According to Davidson, 1446 B.C. was the year the Israelites
entered the promised land, but according to Adam Rutherford it was 1413 B.C..
With all due respect for a great deal of work done by Mr. Rutherford, I am
inclined to doubt the accuracy of his datings on this particular event. For
reasons we shall see, I think Davidson's datings work out better.
The jubilee year did not affect the running of the seven-year
cycles. The fiftieth year was simply the first year of the next series of
sevens. You didn't go over to the year fifty-one to begin another seven-year
cycle. You keep running a series of forty-nine year cycles, and the first year
of each successive forty-nine years was another jubilee. This is very easy to
compute. If you take Davidson's dating of 1446 B.C., you will find the next
jubilee year ahead of us, is the year beginning in September of 1985, running
through to September of 1986. Remember how the Hebrew year overlaps our year.
The next jubilee year will be 2035 A.D. Could Yahshua's
return be then or before? Remember that Yahshua said, "Except those days
should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake
those days shall be shortened". Yahshua's return could come ahead of the
time you would compute for it by an understanding of the cycles.
In Ezekiel 4:6 the Bible says that for prophecy we
should adopt the scale of one year for a day. In Daniel 9:24 the prophet
was told, "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people". Seventy
weeks would be 490 days, but it didn't refer to a period of time that was just a
little more than a year. It was 490 years, or one year for each symbolic day.
In discussing the jubilee and the fall festivals, the Bible
does not specifically tell us that we should apply the scale of a year for a
day. However, I am taking it upon myself to do so experimentally. I will not
give you a written, money back guarantee on it because we will have to wait and
see how it works out.
Let's suppose that the year for a day scale does apply here.
The jubilee begins on the Day of Atonement, the tenth day of the month of
Tishri. The next jubilee year, which is coming in 2035 A.D., will begin on the
day of atonement of that particular year. Now count back from the tenth day to
the first day to find out when you will see the sign of the Son of man coming in
the heaven with power and great glory.
If we take Adam Rutherford's dating of 1413 B.C. for the year
when we start to count the jubilee cycles, then the next jubilee would come
seventeen years earlier than the Davidson dating. It would come in September of
this time all we can do is pray to Yahweh that Yahshua returns and begins His
thousand-year reign, destroying the control of Satan and his minions. This is
what all Israel looks forward to.