like to talk to you about the Year of Jubilee. In biblical
Judaism, there are appointed times and seasons which are
called the feasts of the Lord. These feasts and appointed
times, called “moedim” in Hebrew, include:
weekly feast called Shabbat, which means the Sabbath Day,
from Friday evening at sundown to Saturday evening at
monthly feast called Rosh Chodesh, which means the New
annual major feasts: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First
Fruits, Feast of Weeks, Feat of Trumpets, Day of Atonement
and the Feast of Tabernacles.
additional annual festivals, Purim and Chanukkah
is also a special observance once every seven years, when
the land itself is to have a “Sabbath of rest” (Leviticus
there is the Year of Jubilee, which is celebrated once
every 50 years, throughout all the land of Israel
All of these
feasts of the Lord, in one way or another, point toward
Yeshua Ha Mashiach, Jesus the Messiah and King of Israel .
They are all fulfilled in Him!
In the Year of
Jubilee (Leviticus 25), every man was free to return to
the original property given to him and his family under
the leadership of Joshua after the conquest of Canaan ,
the Promised Land. Even if he previously sold it to
another Israelite or even if he and his family were
working as “hired hands” on another Israelites property,
he was now free to return home.
Also in the
Year of Jubilee, all debts were completely cancelled, no
matter what you owed someone. All mortgage lease, rental
and labor agreements were completely terminated. All
personal debts were completely wiped out (and as we like
to say in Judaism, “Such a deal!).
The Year of
Jubilee had a “leveling effect” on all of the Israelite
community. It gave everyone a chance to “start over”;
everybody's slate was “wiped clean” just as it is for us,
when we accept the Messiah Jesus into our lives. 2 nd
Corinthians 5:17 says, “If any man is in the Messiah, he
is a new creature. The old has gone, the new has come.
Right away, we can see how the Year of Jubilee pointed
The Year of
Jubilee was also ushered in with the blast of the ram's
horn (shofar, in Hebrew) to proclaim liberty throughout
all the land, proclaiming freedom and “release” from the
Lord. In addition, the shofar blast announcing the Year of
Jubilee was sounded on the 10 th day of the 7 th month,
which is the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur in Hebrew), a
day in biblical Judaism when “sins are forgiven”. There
are further Messianic implications here.
joy that came over the land when that shofar was sounded,
freedom from debt, freedom from slavery, free to go home.
All of these things point toward Yeshua. Our “debts” have
been cancelled through the blood that He shed on the tree
of sacrifice for al sinners. We are no longer slaves to
Satan, sin or death and when the Son of God sets you free,
“you are free indeed” and now through Yeshua, we are all
free to go to our “promised homeland”, the Kingdom of
began to speak to you about the Year of Jubilee,
celebrated every 50 years throughout the land of Israel
(Leviticus 25:8-13). We saw that in the Year of Jubilee,
all debts were completely cancelled; all slaves were set
free and every man was free to go home to the original
piece of land allotted to him and his family after the
Canaanite conquest under Joshua. All of these things point
toward Yeshua (Jesus the Messiah). Through Him the debt of
our sins has been cancelled by the blood He shed on the
tree of sacrifice. Through Him we are no longer slaves to
Satan, sin and death. Through Him we are all now free to
go to our promised homeland, the Kingdom of Heaven .
We also saw
that it was the blast of the shofar (the ram's horn) that
announced the Year of Jubilee. In 1 st Thessalonians 4:16
& 17, the apostle Paul says that “there will be a loud
shout from heaven, that we will hear the blast of the
heavenly shofar, and that we will see Yeshua coming on the
clouds of glory, to take His people home!” What a jubilee
that day is going to be for all those who believe in
understand the Year of Jubilee in a biblical Jewish
context, we must read from the prophet Isaiah in chapter
61:1 & 2 which says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me to preach good things to
the poor. He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to
proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the
prison to those who are bound, to proclaim the acceptable
year of the Lord”.
In the gospel
of Luke, chapter 4:16-21, it says that Yeshua came to
Nazareth where He had been brought up and that as His
custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath as
was His regular custom. In other words, Yeshua attended
Shabbat services on a regular basis. He still does!
He was handed
the book of the prophet Isaiah and He began to read: “The
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal
the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty
those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year
of the Lord”.
eyes were fixed upon Him, He went on to say: “Today this
scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
5:17 Yeshua said, “do not think I've come to abolish the
Law or the Prophets, I have come to fulfill them.
In Luke 24:44
Yeshua said, “everything written the Law of Moses and in
the Prophets . . . testifies of me.”
Laws of Moses (Leviticus 25), God commanded the Israelites
to keep the Year of Jubilee.
Prophet Isaiah (Chapter 61:1 & 2) God prophesied that
there would be a future fulfillment to the Year of
In the gospel
of Luke, chapter 4, we see that this all pointed to Yeshua.
He is our
“Jubilee” and our salvation. Blessed is the man who puts
his trust in Him!
For the past
few days, I've been speaking to you about the Year of
Jubilee and its connection with the sounding of the ram's
horn (shofar in Hebrew). Today, I'd like to elaborate a
little more on the shofar itself.
the shofar is a curved horn or a trumpet made from a ram's
horn. It is different than a trumpet itself, which is
called, in Hebrew, “cha-totz-rah”.
the scriptures, the shofar is used for many different
purposes. It is used to proclaim the biblical feasts of
the Lord (Numbers 10:10 and Psalm 81:3 & 4)
It is used in
praising the Lord (Psalm 98:4-6).
It is used in
spiritual warfare (Joshua 6:2-5) where we see that the
blast of the shofar was very instrumental in bringing down
the walls of the enemy. It still does today! It actually
sends confusion into the camp of the enemy. In other
words, the sound of the shofar is an audible sound that
you can hear with the natural ear, but it also causes
things to happen in the spiritual realm that the natural
ear cannot hear, namely the tearing down of the walls of
Paul says in 2
nd Corinthians 10:4 “that the weapons of our warfare are
not carnal, but mighty through good even to the pulling
down of strongholds.”
As a special
note of interest, when the Israelites won the 6 Day War in
1967, the shofar was constantly being sounded by the
Israelites as the enemy was defeated and as Jerusalem was
being restored to the Jewish people!
As we have
already seen, the shofar was sounded to proclaim the year
of Jubilee and according to 1 st Thessalonians 4:16 & 17,
when we hear the blast of the heavenly shofar, we will see
Yeshua coming on the clouds of glory to claim His bride.
there is a special blessing pronounced in Hebrew before
sounding the shofar.
“Baruch ata Adonai,
Elohaynoo melech ha olam
kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu
Thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe
sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us
To harken to
the sound of the shofar.”
There are also
specific shofar blowing calls. Tikee-ah (medium-ling
sound); Shevareem (3 short sounds); T'roo-ah (nine very
short sounds) and Tikee-ah g'dolah (1 very long blast).
When you put
it all together it sounds like this: (sound the shofar)
Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound,” and
“Blessed are the people who know the sound of the shofar.”
Over the last
few days I've been giving a series of teachings on the
Year of Jubilee and its connection with the ram's horn
call in Hebrew, the shofar. According to the scriptures,
the shofar is used for many reasons: to proclaim the
biblical feast of the Lord; to praise the Lord and it is
also used as an instrument of warfare against the enemy.
One of its
most significant meanings is found in the Brit Hadashah
(New Covenant). In 1 st Thessalonians 4:16 & 17, Paul says
that one day we will hear the blast of the heavenly shofar
along with a loud shout from the archangel and we will see
Yeshua (Jesus) coming on the clouds to claim His bride.