The Shemitah and the Yovel: Examining The Relevance of God’s Appointed Times
The people of God have long looked for the end of days in anticipation that something very good will come. As the Lord has revealed more regarding the timing of His reckoning with the nations of the earth, the various end times scenarios postulated in Christian circles have come closer to identifying the window in which the expected events have taken place, particularly with the realization that God’s Calendar is still in effect. Although commonly called the “Jewish Calendar”, the Biblical method of measuring time has never changed since YHVH established it at Creation. The instructions regarding God’s Calendar given through Moses in the Torah, and its application as related through the Prophets and Apostles, are at last coming into proper focus as Christian, Messianic, and Jewish students of prophecy seek to understand how our times fit within its context.
What is the greatest expectation of these Last Days? Certainly it is Messiah’s coming. Whether He is returning, as Messianic, Hebrew Roots, and Christian believers expect, or is coming the first time, as most of the Jewish world anticipates, all are looking toward God’s salvation of His people. And that is the next great expectation: the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel. In fact, this expectation is so astounding that the Prophet Jeremiah has this to say about it:
“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when they will no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil.” (Jeremiah 23:7-8 NASB)
This series of articles examines the prophecies of Israel’s restoration, seeking not only to place them in the context of current events, but also to manage expectations of the Lord’s methods and timing.