When is the next Year of Jubilee?
Compelling archaeological and prophetic evidence suggests the ram’s horn announcing the 70th Year of Jubilee will sound on the Day of Atonement in October 2023. In this article you’ll learn:
- Why the next Jubilee Year starts in March 2024
- Evidence that 2024 is the 70th Jubilee anniversary since Israel entered the promised land
- How the Year of Jubilee under the Mosaic covenant foreshadows its glorious spiritual fulfillment in the New Covenant
- What are God’s 49 and 50-year cycles? How they’re both culminating right now in the 7-year period from 2017 to 2024
Yom Kippur 2023
This day will announce the 70th Year of Jubilee since Joshua led Israel to enter the promised land in 1406 BC. This 70th Year of Jubilee will celebrate our release from the toils of this world and the restoration of our ancient spiritual inheritance in God’s kingdom.
Dispelling Confusion About When a Jubilee Year Starts
Each coming Year of Jubilee should be announced by shofar blasts on Yom Kippur in the 49th year of the Jubilee cycle. Then, the Year of Jubilee starts about 6 months later, on the 1st day of the 1st month of the 50th year. (The 50th year overlaps with the 1st year of the next 49-year cycle. See the diagram below.)
In the quote below, Hebrew scholar Dr. Nehemiah Gordon explains this more simply: (emphasis mine)
The Torah says the following:
“And you shall pass a shofar of blasting in the Seventh Month on the tenth of the month; on the Day of Atonement, you shall pass a shofar throughout all your land.” (Leviticus 25:9)
This verse is saying that a shofar should be used to announce the arrival of the Jubilee year, the 50th year in the Sabbatical system. It does not say that the Jubilee begins on the Day of Atonement, only that the impending arrival of the Jubilee year is announced on the Day of Atonement. The shofar is to be passed throughout the land on Yom Kippur of the 49th year, six months before the beginning of the coming Jubilee year. This interpretation is supported by the immediate context in Leviticus 25. Verse 8 says to count forty nine years, verse 9 says to pass the shofar throughout the land, and verse 10 says to proclaim the 50th year as the Jubilee. This shows that the shofar announcing the coming Jubilee in verse 9 is passed through the land before the Jubilee is actually proclaimed in verse 10.Nehemiah’s Wall 9-18-22
This is why I stated the shofar announcing a 2024 Year of Jubilee would be sounded on Yom Kippur in 2023.
What is the Year of Jubilee?
According to Leviticus 25:8, the Biblical Year of Jubilee happens after every 49-year cycle. It’s announced on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement–the holiest day on God’s calendar when the High Priest enters God’s presence to ‘cover’ the sins of the whole nation. The Year of Jubilee is a whole year of rest for men, animals, and the land.
The Ancient Hebrew Year of Jubilee
Jubilee first appears in the book of Leviticus. God said a Jubilee year was to be celebrated after every 49 years. During this 50th Jubilee year, all debts were erased and all indentured Israelites were freed. Everyone and everything in Israel was to be restored to their original clans and families.
God told Moses to start the 49-year Jubilee cycle “when you enter the land that I am giving to you.” Also, “the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the LORD..” (Leviticus 25:2)
There’s no record of Israel ever celebrating the Year of Jubilee by complying with all its requirements to forgive debts, free slaves, etc.
Jubilee in the New Covenant
Enter Our Promised Land
Just as Israel was to celebrate Jubilee after entering their promised land under Joshua, we have a spiritual promised land to enter. What better time to enter our promised land than on the 70th Jubilee anniversary?
In the New Covenant, the Year of Jubilee represents entering our promised land, when God glorifies His overcomers.
Return to Your Property and Your Clan
…consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty in the land for all its inhabitants. It shall be your Jubilee, when each of you is to return to his property and to his clan.Leviticus 25:10
Property and Clan
Return to His Property
What property are we to return to? Before you can understand the property we’re returning to, you need to know where we came from in our past.
Warning–the following section will probably be new and strange to you, so I ask you to consider this information without preconceived bias, according to the Bible–not according to denominational theology.
Our spirits existed with God in the eon of time before Adam, but we all fell into sin, resulting in God destroying the earth, making it without form and void. Our spirits continued to exist, but sin alienated us from our holy God. The situation was hopeless–something in us died. Then, since ‘before the foundation of the earth,’ God devised a plan to reconcile us through the sacrifice of His Son, our Savior and Messiah. (Revelation 13:8, 17:8, Ephesians 1:4, Titus 1:2, Matthew 25:34)
Now, during our present eon, God reconciles Himself (and restores spiritual life) to every spirit who responds to the gospel truth. This includes everyone who receives the Father’s forgiveness through faith in our Savior and Messiah, Jesus. We are ‘begotten-again’ in a new creation. We’re sons of the ‘Second Adam.’ (see John 3:3, 1 Peter 1:3, 1:23 1 John 5:18, 2 Cor 5:17, Gal 6:15, 1 Cor 15:47)
Therefore, Jubilee will be fulfilled when we recover our previous state of glory and joy in YHWH’s presence. Just as the Israelites returned to their ancestral allotment of land, God will restore us to our ancient spiritual position in His kingdom, completely reconciled and reinstated through His infinite grace and love.
I realize these concepts are not commonly taught, so if you’re curious to learn more about our spiritual pre-existence and God’s plan of reconciliation, refer to my free book, the Overcomers’ Treasure Map.
Return to His Clan – Spiritual Israel
What clan will we return to? When believers are grafted into Israel (Romans 11:17-21) we are grafted into one of spiritual Israel’s tribes. Within each tribe of spiritual Israel are families, or ‘mishpachah,’ which is translated ‘clans’ in Leviticus 25:10 above.
Natural Israel versus Spiritual Israel
Be careful–don’t confuse the present state of Israel, or Jewish people, with ‘spiritual Israel.’ The apostle Paul wrote:
Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to present-day Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.Galatians 4:26
Paul was a Jewish rabbi, and he loved his Jewish countrymen. YHWH also loves the physical descendants of Abraham, and many natural Jews will be reconciled to the Father through faith. But, YHWH has no favorite children who can disregard His rules. Yeshua is the only door to reconciliation–access to the Father is only through faith in Yeshua as our Passover and atonement sacrifice. (John 10:1-18, 1 Cor 5:7)
So, in contrast to natural Israel, ‘spiritual’ Israel is comprised of every person (from any nation) who responds to the gospel truth–everyone who has ever been reconciled to the Father through faith in our Savior and Messiah, Jesus.
What about believers who lived before Jesus came? Spiritual Israel includes ancient saints, such as Abel, Seth, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Ruth, and all the others who looked forward to the Savior in their future. Spiritual Israel is based only on faith in YHWH’s promises, not on carnal lineage. Therefore, Spiritual Israel includes all disciples of YHWH, since Abel, who wholeheartedly trust Him and walk in His ways.
Currently, most of us don’t know what tribe and clan we belong to. I expect God will reveal our clan ‘allotment’ during Jubilee’s fulfillment. From then on, we’ll possess an eternal home within one of the 12 tribes of spiritual Israel.
Your Eternal Home
Jerusalem today is divided into four quarters–Jewish, Muslim, Armenian, and Christian. And, there are ancient gates coming into each quarter. But, the New Jerusalem will come down from heaven. It has 12 gates–one for each tribe of spiritual Israel. Each gate is made of a single pearl (Revelation 21:12). If you’re a disciple, one of these gates will access your clan’s portion of the city–your eternal home in God’s capital on earth.
During the Year of Jubilee, the Land Itself Will Observe a Sabbath
…when you enter the land that I am giving to you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the LORD.Leviticus 25:2
When YHWH fulfills Jubilee, the earth itself will enter into Sabbath rest.
All of creation eagerly awaits the manifestation of the (144,000) sons of God. When Jubilee Year comes, creation will be delivered from the bondage of decay into glorious freedom:
The creation waits in eager expectation for the revelation of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will, but because of the One who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.Romans 8:19-21
Not only will the overcomers return to their ancient property and clan, but YHWH will return creation to its original state in the Jubilee Year. During the Millennial Reign of Messiah the earth will be like the Garden of Eden, prosperous and peaceful.
God’s ‘Appointed Times’ Reveal God’s Plan and Sequence of Events
In Leviticus chapter 23 God established 7 ‘appointed times’ for His people. These appointed times symbolically portray God’s plan of redemption and deliverance. They also reveal how God will re-establish His kingdom on the earth.
God’s Appointed Times
Jesus fulfilled the first 4 (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, and Pentecost) on the exact days and times while the Jews were celebrating them.
Therefore, it’s reasonable to expect God will fulfill the remaining 3 (Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles) exactly on their annual anniversaries in our future.
The Biblical 49-Year Jubilee Cycle
Starting on the year Israel entered the ‘promised land,’ the Jubilee-year cycle occurs every 49 years.
Here are the details from Leviticus 25:
Shmitah Years – Sabbath Every 7th Year
When you enter the land that I am giving you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the LORD…For six years you may sow your field and prune your vineyard and gather its crops. But in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of complete rest for the land—a Sabbath to the LORD…The land must have a year of complete rest.Leviticus 25:2,3,5
Year of Jubilee – Every 49 Years (7 Shmitah periods)
And you shall count off seven sabbaths of years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbaths of years amount to forty-nine years. Then you are to sound the trumpet far and wide on the tenth day of the seventh month, on the Day of Atonement. You shall sound it throughout your land. So you are to consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty in the land for all its inhabitants. It shall be your Jubilee, when each of you is to return to his property and to his clan.Leviticus 25:8-10
The 50th Year in the 49-Year Jubilee Cycle
The Jubilee-Year cycle repeats every 49 years (7 shmitahs), but the actual Year of Jubilee is the 50th year. That is, the 50th year is the same as (it overlaps) the first year in the next 49-year cycle. Here’s a diagram to illustrate this overlap:
So, in this diagram, both year #1 and year #50 are Jubilee years.
Here’s another example: Every week has 7 days. According to the Bible, Sunday is the first day and Saturday is the seventh day. The next Sunday would be the eighth day, but it’s also the first day of the next week.
If this 49 versus 50 concept is still confusing, watch this video for a good explanation.
When is the next Year of Jubilee?
If you ask Google ‘When is the next year of Jubilee’ you’ll see there’s a lot of ignorance, disagreement, and confusion about this question. It’s a mystery.
According to Leviticus chapter 25, the Biblical Jubilee year cycle started when Israel entered the Promised Land.
Then the LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When you enter the land that I am giving you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the LORD.”Leviticus 25:1
I discovered a BibleArchaeology.org article that convincingly proves that Joshua led Israel to enter the Promised Land in 1406BC. A search on their website will provide many references to 1406BC. Here is one of them:
The commencement of the conquest can be dated exactly. With the exodus datable to 1446 BC, the conquest automatically is dated to 1406 BC, because for “40 years the sons of Israel walked in the wilderness” before entering Canaan (Josh 5:6). Since the crossing of the Jordan River transpired on the 10th day of the first month, a date of 28 April 1406 BC is fixed as the day in which the Israelites crossed into Canaan (Josh 4:19).BibleArchaeology link
Year of Jubilee Starting in 2024?
Based on this 1406BC start date and a 49-year Jubilee cycle, the next Jubilee Year will start on Day 1 of the Biblical calendar, in the spring of 2024, and Jubilee will be formally announced by trumpet blasts on Yom Kippur, in the autumn of 2023. It will be the 70th Jubilee.
Here are my calculations:
2024AD + 1406BC = 3430 years.
The pattern and dates fit exactly, just as they would if they match God’s plan.
In his 1260d.com website, Dean Coombs provides detailed corroboration that the 70th Year of Jubilee will start in 2024.
2017 and the 50-Year Cycle
In the 20th century important events happened for the Jews and the nation of Israel. Events occurred in 1917 and 1967, 50-years apart, making people wonder if something big would also happen for Israel in 2017… 50 years after 1967 and 100 years after 1917.
I enjoyed Israel’s 70th birthday in May 2018 in Jerusalem with Dr. Michael Heiser and Derek & Sharon Gilbert of Skywatch TV. As you can see in my iPhone video below, Israelis filled the streets, celebrating with overflowing joy on the day the American Embassy moved there from Tel Aviv. Being there was an awesome experience!
22 Seconds of Joyous Celebration in 2018 Jerusalem
Recognizing Israel’s Capital and Moving the US Embassy
On December 6, 2017 President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced plans to move the US Embassy. But, other than the Revelation 12 Sign in the heavens, I can’t find any other ‘big’ events that happened regarding Israel in 2017… at least not on the same level as the 1917 Balfour Declaration or the 1967 Six-Day War.
The 50-Year Cycle
People naturally associate this 50-year 2017/1967/2017 cycle with Leviticus 25:11, which says, “You shall have the fiftieth year as a Jubilee.” They assume that since every fiftieth year is a Jubilee, therefore 1917 and 1967 must have been Jubilee years because God did good things for Israel on these events which were fifty years apart.
Not a Jubilee Cycle
As I’ll explain below, I do recognize this important 50-year cycle. But it’s not the Jubilee-Year cycle.
For a compelling presentation why 49 is correct for Jubilee Year calculations instead of 50, see Jubilee Year Cycle (49 or 50?)
The 50-Year Cycle – Since Creation
The 50-year cycle started at creation, approximately 3983 BC, not in 1406 BC when the Jubilee cycle started.
So, what does the 50-year cycle symbolize? The apostle Peter wrote,
Beloved, do not let this one thing escape your notice: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.2 Peter 3:8
Therefore six days represent 6000 years. Six days reminds us of the 6 days of creation before God rested on the 7th day.
Most Bible teachers believe this means mankind will have 6000 years before the ‘7th-day’ millennial reign of Christ begins. 6000 is evenly divisible by 50, resulting in 120. 6000/50 = 120
The number 120 will immediately remind Bible readers of what God said in Genesis 6:3… After 200 angels mated with human women, producing ‘Nephilim’ giants (for more about this see the Book of Enoch chapter 6), God said:
My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days shall be 120 years.Genesis 6:3
The Perfect Resolution of the 49-Year and 50-Year Cycles
Let’s connect the dots…
The 50-year cycle begins with the Biblical creation in Genesis, ending (after 6000 years) on its 120th anniversary in 2017.
After 6000 years, the 120th anniversary of the 50-year 1917/1967/2017 cycle coincides with the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week in 2017.
2017 starts the final 7-year shmitah cycle.
49-Year Jubilee Cycle
In contrast, the Bible reckons the 49-year Jubilee cycle from when Israel entered the promised land in 1406 BC, ending on its 70th anniversary in 2024.
The 70th anniversary of the 49-year Jubilee cycle coincides with the end of Daniel’s 70th week in 2024.
The 120th and 70th anniversaries of the two cycles are symbolically significant in themselves. But for them to frame the beginning and end of the 2017-2024 period is too auspicious to ignore or discount. I cannot believe this is coincidental.
When Does Daniel’s 70th Week Start?
What event initiates Daniel’s 70th week?
Daniel 9:27 famously states, “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week“. But, who is the “he” who makes this firm covenant? And what is this ‘covenant with the many’ for one week?
- The common view is “he” refers to the Antichrist, who will make a ‘covenant with many’ for 7 years.
- A common assumption is the ‘covenant with many’ is a 7-year peace treaty between the Antichrist and Israel.
- But, others believe “he” refers to Jesus, who confirmed the New Covenant in His own blood, poured out for many. (Matthew 26:28, also Mark 14:24)
- Finally, many believe Antiochus IV Epiphanes already fulfilled many details of Daniel’s prophecies in 167-164 BC.
With so many unknowns I’m not confident we can know who “he” is, or what the ‘covenant with many’ is. As a result, we may not recognize the event that starts Daniel’s 70th week.
Conclusion – The 70th Year of Jubilee
A Bright Future
We are living at the end of the age, and the birth pangs are increasing for everyone. The good news is that God will defeat all His enemies and God’s people have nothing to worry about.
When these things begin to happen, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.Luke 21:28
There is nothing man can do to us if we are in Christ.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:35-39
Finally, my advice is to be watchful. Abide in God’s Spirit continuously, listening and obeying His voice. Strive to make yourself ready for the Lord’s imminent appearing.