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It took 50 Jubilees (from Adam to Moses) for God to prepare the earth for the seed of Abraham to inherit the Kingdom. On the 50th Jubilee, however, most of the people were unprepared and lacked sufficient faith to enter their inheritance. Because they had tried to develop faith in their own ability, rather than in God’s ability, their faith failed when they discovered that giants stood in the way of their promised inheritance.
After the Babylonian captivity, the people of Judah and Benjamin began to rebuild their lives, their towns, and their country after King Cyrus of Persia issued his decree allowing them to return (534 B.C.). Even so, God required them to go through a 76-year cycle of cleansing before they could re-enter Blessed Time.
Hence, in 458 B.C. a second decree was issued by King Artaxerxes, which jump-started the Blessed Time cycle of 490 years, commonly known as Daniel’s 70 Weeks (of years). This ended in 33 A.D. when Jesus died on the cross, ending the sacrificial system.
The final “week” of Daniel’s prophecy was also the final “week” of the 80th Jubilee from 26-33 A.D. As I wrote earlier, there was a 7-year discrepancy at that time between the Creation Jubilee Calendar and the post-captivity calendar. This discrepancy was less than the 38 years that had characterized their calendar from Joshua to the captivity. Being 7 years off was better than being 38 years off. Nonetheless, even this 7-year discrepancy ensured that the Kingdom was not ready to be instituted in its fulness.
40 Years and 40 Jubilees
In fact, once again it apparently required another 50 Jubilees of preparation time. Daniel’s 70 Weeks (490 years) provided only the first 10 Jubilees of preparation. Another 40 Jubilees were yet to come.
This 40-Jubilee cycle was a direct parallel to Israel’s 40 years in the wilderness after Moses led them out of Egypt at Passover. In the later scenario, Jesus was like Moses (Acts 3:22), leading us out of the house of bondage (sin) when He died on the cross at Passover. Just as Israel had to wait another 40 years to enter the Promised Land, so also did the church have to wait another 40 Jubilees.
The interim was also like the 40-year reign of King Saul, the Israelite king who was crowned on the day of wheat harvest (1 Samuel 12:17), later known as Pentecost. Hence, the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 was like the coronation of King Saul. It was “the Kingdom,” but not in its fullest form. It was characterized by rebellion (1 Samuel 15:23) and by the persecution of the overcomers (David).
The End of 40 Jubilees
The church’s 40 Jubilees of wilderness wandering came to an end at Pentecost, May 30, 1993. This cycle had begun on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:1. These 40 Jubilees, when added to the previous 10 Jubilees (i.e., Daniel’s 70 Weeks), brought a full cycle of 50 Jubilees that were necessary to prepare us to enter the Kingdom.
458 B.C. to 33 A.D. is 10 Jubilees
33-1993 A.D. is 40 Jubilees
Total is 50 Jubilees
May 30, 1993 also ended the reign of King Saul that was being manifested in the church. The church had desired a man to rule over them and to represent them before God, just like the people did in the days of Samuel. (See 1 Samuel 8:6, 7.) God said that this was actually a rejection of God’s direct rule, and this was the root of rebellion that characterized this period of time.
When “Saul” died in 1993, the transition began to shift the Kingdom authority to the house of “David,” not those of David’s physical genealogy, but to the overcomers which David represented prophetically. This was revealed to me in 1991, so by the time 1993 arrived, I was sufficiently aware of this to be watchful. In July 1993 I received the word of the Lord that we were to engage in spiritual warfare in November of that year. That is when we moved from Arkansas to Washington state to conduct the Jubilee Prayer Campaign (November 21-29, 1993).
The 120 Jubilees
As I wrote earlier, there was a 7-year discrepancy between the two Jubilee calendars. The 80th Jubilee on the Creation Jubilee Calendar fell on 26-27 A.D., but the 10th Jubilee on Judah’s calendar fell in 33 A.D. This discrepancy continued for another 40 Jubilees.
The Creation Jubilee calendar had its 120th Jubilee in 1986-1987.
The new calendar created by Daniel’s 70 Weeks had its 50th Jubilee in 1993.
The biblical number 120 is associated with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and 50 is the number of the Jubilee itself. Somehow the two cycles had to merge in order to synchronize, so that the full Kingdom could be manifested in the earth.
The Hezekiah Factor
I did not know how God intended to synchronize the two calendars and overcome the 7-year discrepancy until the night of October 2, 1994. I was in Winnipeg (Canada), where I had been invited to speak at a conference. That night God showed me how He could synchronize the calendars. He is, after all, the Lord of the Sabbath and the creator of Time.
Recall that Samaria, the capital of Israel, fell to the invading Assyrians in 721 B.C. This was their 14th Jubilee since crossing the Jordan under Joshua. But because the nation was in total rebellion, instead of receiving the benefit of the Jubilee, God vomited them out of the land in order to give the land itself a Jubilee. The land was set free of Israelite domination.
Samaria was taken in the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, which was also the sixth year of Hezekiah king of Judah (2 Kings 18:10). Eight years later, in the 14th year of Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:13), the Assyrians laid siege to Jerusalem. Hezekiah prayed and appealed to Isaiah, who was in the city at that time (2 Kings 19:5).
Isaiah told them that God had heard their prayer and that He would deal with the Assyrians and spare the city (2 Kings 19:33, 34). God then sent a plague that mysteriously killed 185,000 troops, virtually wiping out the entire Assyrian army. Disgraced, the king returned to his own land, where he was overthrown by his son in a coup.
Looking closer at this event, Isaiah’s prophetic reply to Hezekiah was somewhat odd, but it contains the key to timing. Isaiah gave Hezekiah a prophetic sign in 2 Kings 19:29, 30,
29 Then this shall be the sign for you: you shall eat this year what grows of itself, in the second year what springs from the same, and in the third year sow, reap, plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. 30 And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward.
It was a three-year sign that seems to have nothing to do with the Assyrian siege. It makes sense only when you see that the prophet was describing the Jubilee year. The first year is called “this year,” which was the 14th year of Hezekiah, or 713 B.C., eight years after the fall of Samaria (721). They were not to sow or reap but were to eat “what grows of itself.”
In other words, this was like a prophetic Sabbath year.
The second year was 712, where the people again were not to sow or reap. Whenever the people were not to sow or reap for two years in a row, it is to be viewed as the 49th and 50th years of a Jubilee calendar. The seventh Sabbath year was followed by a Year of Jubilee.
The “third year” the people were allowed to sow and reap their crops. Isaiah, however, was not talking about crops, but about the “remnant of the house of Judah.” This was a very different crop. The term “remnant” was explained more extensively in the book of Isaiah. In fact, one of Isaiah’s sons was named Shear-jashub, “the remnant will return” (Isaiah 7:3). The meaning of his prophetic name is found in Isaiah 10:20, 21, 22.
But the prophecy was given to Hezekiah as well, a king who had no children, no heirs to the throne. The king was worried about this, because the Messiah was to be his descendant. Hezekiah was, after all, of the house of David.
In 2 Kings 20:1 we read, “In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill.” This implies that he became sick at the start the Assyrian siege. Perhaps the burden of the Assyrian siege wore him down. Isaiah came to tell him to get his house in order, because he was going to die. The king then prayed for more time, and God told the prophet to turn around and go back to tell the king that he was given a 15-year extension of life (2 Kings 20:5, 6).
As for timing, the siege began in Hezekiah’s 14th year (2 Kings 18:13). He reigned for 29 years in all (2 Kings 18:2). That means he lived for another 15 years, which was the extension granted to him. Therefore, he must have gotten sick at the beginning of the siege during his 14th year.
Furthermore, when Hezekiah finally died, his son Manasseh came to the throne at the age of 12 (2 Kings 21:1). That means Manasseh was born three years later, coinciding with the third year when the people were allowed to sow and reap once again. It is clear, then, that “the remnant of the house of Judah” was a prophecy of the birth of Manasseh.
Turning Back the Clock
When Isaiah told Hezekiah that he had been given another 15 years of life, the prophet gave him another sign. The sign was that the shadow was to go backward ten degrees (literally, “steps”) on the sun dial that his father Ahaz had built in the royal court yard (2 Kings 20:11 KJV). Hence, the clock was turned back ten degrees as God exercised dominion over Time that He had created in the beginning.
When we combine the two prophecies given to Hezekiah—first, the three years that was connected to the Jubilee year, and second, turning back the clock ten steps—a prophetic picture emerges that is applicable to our own time as well.
Turning back the clock ten steps represented the ten years dating back to 721 B.C. That had been a year of Jubilee, which Israel did not keep. In fact, this was when Samaria fell. But ten years later was 711 B.C., the end of the third year when the remnant was to “bear fruit upward.”
Essentially, God declared a Jubilee ten years later and then turned back the clock ten years so that the Jubilee was no longer late. (Read that again!)
In other words, because no one declared the Jubilee in 721, God declared it ten years later in 711, but He turned back the clock so that it would be declared on time. It is a good example of God’s sovereignty over time.
The Modern Application
The 120th Jubilee should have been declared on October 13, 1986. However, it appears that no one was aware of the importance of that date, so no one declared the Jubilee. So God allowed us to declare the Jubilee ten years later on the Day of Atonement in 1996. We did so, asking God to turn the clock back ten years to 1986 so that its effectiveness was retroactive.
This reset the prophetic clock and realigned the Jubilee calendars. The church’s Jubilee in 1993 was included within the ten-year cycle (1986-1996) and took it back seven years.
The 3-year cycle from 1993-1996 suggested a connection to Isaiah’s “remnant” prophecy. During that time, in October of 1994, God revealed this to me, giving me close to two years in which to study it, pray about it, and to get confirmation of its validity and application.
The bottom line is that on September 23, 1996 (the Day of Atonement), we declared the Jubilee in obedience to the revelation that we had received in 1994. We are confident, then, that no matter what the world uses as its calendar, the Creation Jubilee Calendar has been established, and this is now a major key in understanding the timing of present-day events.