To understand the significance of the Last Jubilee we must understand what a Jubilee is. A Jubilee is a designation for a certain type of “year” as defined in the Bible. Many students first come across the discussion of the Jubilee in Leviticus chapter 25.
Lev 25:8 And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.
Lev 25:9 Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.
Lev 25:10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.
So to understand this properly, you count 49 years and then the following year will be a Jubilee year (the Fiftieth Year). Now, the Fiftieth year is also the first year of the next cycle when counting the years unto the subsequent Jubilees. So remember that the 50 year is 50/1 (meaning Fiftieth year and 1st year of next cycle). On each Jubilee year, you will then wait till the seventh month (Hebrew Calendar) and on the 10th day of that month (which is also called the Day of Atonement) a Trumpet is sounded throughout the land.
The Jubilee is a time when those that are servants/slaves are allowed to be liberated. And to all people in the land is that liberty given. The Jubilee is a Holy Year and God brings blessings of the crops before the Jubilee year so that the increase of the previous years will be enough to feed the people during the Jubilee year since at that time you cannot sow the land.
There are additional details about the Jubilee you can read about in the subsequent verses of Leviticus chapter 25. But for this article, I have covered the necessary background information to understand the rest of this article.
There is evidence that the Jubilee was recognized before the time of the Israelites leaving Egypt. There is a book that was discovered call the Book of Jubilees which gives historical accounts and chronologies of Biblical events based on the Jubilee even using them to date the births of Adam and Eve’s children.
But there is also a reference believed to be associated with Jubilees in the following verse of the Bible:
Gen 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Some will argue that this verse is just a reference to the time when God would destroy the Earth by Flood. It does appear that this time period would fit the order of events leading up to the flood. However, even after the flood God has had His spirit striving with man.
So at this point we should stop and reflect on something called Bible Typology. What this refers to is that there are earthly items and events that are “types” of what is Spiritual. Consider for a moment a mirror. The reflection that is in a mirror is not the actual person’s face but rather a representation of it. God has presented these earthly “types” to help us understand what is Spiritual.
Now that we hopefully understand Bible Typology, let’s continue on with how this relates to the verse in Genesis. So while the timing seems to fit with the flood account we also have more evidence to correlate from the Book of Jasher (which is also mentioned in your Bible):
From Book of Jasher (Sepir Ha Yasher) – chapter 5:
6 And after the lapse of many years, in the four hundred and eightieth year of the life of Noah, when all those men, who followed the Lord had died away from amongst the sons of men, and only Methuselah was then left, God said unto Noah and Methuselah, saying,
7 Speak ye, and proclaim to the sons of men, saying, Thus saith the Lord, return from your evil ways and forsake your works, and the Lord will repent of the evil that he declared to do to you, so that it shall not come to pass.
8 For thus saith the Lord, Behold I give you a period of one hundred and twenty years; if you will turn to me and forsake your evil ways, then will I also turn away from the evil which I told you, and it shall not exist, saith the Lord.
So we can see that there is a reference here to support the association of the 120 years to the Great Flood of Noah’s day. But since man continued to sin after the flood then we know that God’s Spirit is still striving with man. We must look at a greater meaning to these 120 years. Since we know there is an association with the Great Flood, and we look closer and understand that Noah and his family are experiencing a great liberation of their own from evil that existed in the world (at least the former world). Therefore, the year of the Great Flood has a relationship to the Jubilee also.
There is no other form of year that can be associated to these 120 years other than the Jubilee year based on the Bible record. We know it cannot simply refer to a calendar year because 120 years has truly come and gone and God’s Spirit is still striving with man.
So now that we can conclude these years are unfulfilled Jubilee years, we should now explain what we mean by the “Last” Jubilee. Since we know there are 120 Jubilees based on Genesis 6:3 for which God Spirit will strive with man, then if know the LAST Jubilee, we can then know when the Lord’s Day will come (Coming again of Jesus Christ).
Now to find the Last Jubilee or any Jubilee for that matter we need to have a reference point. It seems that the Bible doesn’t record explicitly when some of these Jubilees were observed. We do know when one of those events would be which is when the Israelites would dwell safely in the land after they crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land. But we have another year which is more recent with many more clues and that year is the year that Jesus was Crucified, Died, and then Rose from the dead. That year was 31 AD. (April 25th 31 AD – another article will be posted regarding this date at a later time). That was a Jubilee year when all those that were in Christ would receive Liberty that year. We know this because we can use the same understanding that we used to establish that the Great Flood occurred on a Jubilee year.
Based on chronological evidence and understanding of previous Jubilee events such as the Exodus and the Great Flood, the year of Jesus Crucifixion, Death and subsequent Resurrection would mark that year (31 AD) as the 80th Jubilee. Since there are only 120 Jubilees, we can count the Jubilees from 31 AD. Now since 31 AD is number 80 then (120 – 80 ) leaves us 40 Jubilees since 31 AD. (120-80 = 40). Now since we count subsequent Jubilees by 49 years that would give us (40 Jubilees * 49 = 1960 years). Since we are counting from 31 AD we count from that year (1960 years + 31) = 1991. Therefore the 120th Jubilee was 1991 AD. There are only 120 Jubilees allotted for God’s Spirit to strive with man. Those days are now coming to end. We are currently in the last Jubilee “Period” before the Day of the Lord.
Prepare and watch, be ready for THAT Day is quickly approaching.