In part 12 of this series we shared our interview with Rabbi Avraham Dov Ben Shor of the Sanhedrin, in which he told us that the Sanhedrin considers this year as “Year One” counting towards the next Jubilee. He also said that the counting towards Year One should have theoretically begun in 1967, which would have made THIS YEAR a Jubilee year.
Many people are watching our current year to see if God might reaffirm this year as a Jubilee year through some amazing events. We will continue to monitor current events during this column series!
One question that has been raised in the comments to these articles is whether the recent Blood Moon lunar eclipses that occurred on the nights of Passover and Sukkot in 2014 and 2015 have any connection to the Jubilee. That is our topic today.
First, in what sense is there NO connection? From a Biblical standpoint, the Jubilee cycle and the Shemitah cycle are well defined in Scripture and are only connected to the sun and the moon the sense that the entire Hebrew calendar is connected to the sun and the moon. There is no command related to the Shemitah or the Jubilee that can in any way be modified or altered by the presence of a lunar eclipse occurring on the night of Passover or Sukkot.
But is there any connection? What if we simplify the question and ask:
Has a Blood Moon ever occurred during a Jubilee Year? Here, the answer is a resounding YES.
The Blood Moons that have occurred in the last 2000 years were in:
1428/29 AD Jubilee
1967/68 AD Jubilee
2014/15 AD Jubilee
Looking at all nine of these Blood Moons events, we see an overlap between the Blood Moons and the Jubilee year on three of the nine occasions. The following charts shows how this happened.
Here we can see: in 1967, the Six-Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem occurred during Jewish year 5727, a Jubilee Year. The first of the four Blood Moons occurred in that same Jubilee year!
Then, in 2015, in the early morning hours of Sukkot on September 28, the final Blood Moon occurred in what we have proposed in this series might well be another Jubilee year!
But besides the fact that they occurred at the same time, is there actually a spiritual connection between the meaning of the Blood Moons and Jubilee? The answer to that depends on the meaning of the Blood Moons themselves, because the meaning of the Jubilee from scripture is clear: It is about Return and Release.
But as for the Blood Moons, what is their meaning? The most commonly held view of the Blood Moons, championed by authors John Hagee and Mark Biltz, is that they:
- come before a great and terrible Day of the Lord;
- signal Judgment to the enemies of Israel; and
- signal war with Israel.
If that is your answer, then you could say that the spiritual connection between the Blood Moons and Israel is that: if an amazing event happens in Israel before October 3rd, and that amazing event involves a war against Israel, then everything lines up.
Before now we have not discussed our opinion of the Blood Moons in this series. But after carefully studying the scriptures, history and science, and not just of the past few Blood Moons, but all of them in the last 2000 years, we have actually revealed in our book Israel FIRST! an exciting pattern of God’s provision for the Jews in the times of the Blood Moons: that each wave of Blood Moons that comes through history signals an exodus of Jews from one part of the world to another. Our discovery was that, much like the pattern of the original Exodus, the most critical times for the Jews occur before Blood Moons, not after. This is exactly what happened in 1492, 1948, and in 1967. Not all Blood Moons resulted in war, and historically, none of the sets of four Blood Moons preceded a major war. Rather, the Blood Moons would be better seen as times of celebration and relief!
Based on our answer of the meaning of the Blood Moons, we might say that: whatever amazing events that might happen in Israel relating to the Jubilee, will not come about as the result of a major war against Israel, at least not a war of similar magnitude to the Six-Day War.
Now, of course our opinion could be wrong! We want Israel to have the benefit of the Jubilee, and to have property restored to it, but we are essentially asking, praying, pleading with God to do this amazing work without the need for an immediate war against the nation of Israel!
Now you may have already decided in your own mind that the Gog and Magog war will begin in the next year or two, and that Israel will gain the territory it has been promised by God through that war. You could be right! But, would it not be even more amazing if God were to accomplish something huge for Israel without a major conflict in 2016 or 2017? That is more than our opinion, it is our prayer, even as we must all be praying for the peace of Jerusalem.
Lastly, we will end this column on a tone of inspiration rather than a tone of war. But the inspiration actually comes from a story that involves war.
We have discussed General Allenby and his march into Jerusalem during World War I on December 11, 1917. We have also said that this event, along with the Balfour Declaration a few weeks earlier, were both occurring in what seems to have been a year of Jubilee. And what does this have to do with the Blood Moons, you might ask?
The answer is: nothing.
Or so we thought.
But during the last Blood Moon on the early morning hours of September 28, 2015, the only Blood Moon of the four that was visible in Israel, we tried to photograph that Blood Moon from inside Jerusalem. And even more than that, we decided to try to recreate the General Allenby Photograph from 1917.
And the result?
So while we did expect to capture the Blood Moon over the Jaffa Gate, imagine our surprise when we realized that the position of the moon was in the very same position as the old Ottoman Clock Tower that was torn down by the British in 1922.
Is God trying to wake us up to the Jubilee and events like the Blood Moons and his plans for Israel and the World?
May those who have eyes to see, be given the chance to enjoy the move of God on this earth. And like we said last time, fasten your seatbelt and let’s see where this ride ends up!
Connect with Others
What does this photograph say to you?
Is there any other way in which the Blood Moons and Jubilee Year might be related, that we might have missed?
Join us next time as we continue to watch current events and examine all clues to the meaning and the Mystery of the Lost Jubilee.