70th Year of Jubilee Begins on 9/13/2024?
When is the next Biblical Jubilee year… the 70th Jubilee? This article presents compelling archaeological and prophetic evidence suggesting the 70th Jubilee year will start on the ‘Day of Atonement’ in September 2024.
If this is true, we can work backward in time to determine Daniel’s 70th week started in September 2017, the 120th anniversary of a 50-year cycle since creation.
Also, we can know the 3.5-year ‘Great Tribulation’ will start during Passover in late March 2021.
This day will initiate the anniversary of the 70th Year of Jubilee since Joshua led Israel to enter the promised land in 1406 BC. On this day Jesus will begin the fulfillment of our Year of Jubilee–our release from bondage in this world.
So, did Daniel’s 70th week start in September 2017? Will it lead up to the fulfillment of the 70th Year of Jubilee, starting on September 13, 2024? Continue reading to answer these questions.
What is the Year of Jubilee?
According to Leviticus 25:8, the Biblical Year of Jubilee happens once every 49 years. It starts on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement–the holiest day on God’s calendar. This is when the High Priest enters God’s presence to ‘cover’ the sins of the whole nation.
Jubilee Year in the Torah
In the books of Moses (the Torah) Jubilee occurred every 49 years. During Jubilee all debts were erased and all properties in Israel were 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)
New Covenant Year of Jubilee
Enter Our Promised Land
Just as Israel celebrated 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
My Belief about Property and Clan
Return to His Property
What property are we to return to?
I believe our spirits pre-existed in the eon before Adam, but we fell into sin before God destroyed the earth, making it without form and void. God is redeeming us during this eon. The rewards we earn as a disciple during this life will cause us to exceed our previous state of glory and joy in YHWH’s presence. This is what I believe “return to his property” means in Leviticus 25:10, when Jubilee is fulfilled. For more details about God’s Plan across the eons, read my free book Overcomers’ Treasure Map.
Return to His Clan – Spiritual Israel
What clan are we to return to? When gentiles are grafted into Israel we are grafted into one of Israel’s ‘lost’ 10 tribes, in spiritual Israel. Within each tribe of spiritual Israel are families, or ‘mishpachah,’ which is translated ‘clans’ in Leviticus 25:10 above.
In spiritual Israel your tribe and clan ancestry isn’t lost to YHWH. When Jubilee is fulfilled, we will each reunite with our ancient clan within one of the 12 tribes of spiritual Israel.
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
- Unleavened Bread
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 assume 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 the year Israel entered the ‘promised land,’ the Jubilee-year cycle occurs every 49 years, beginning on the Day of Atonement.
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
Jubilee Year – 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?
Do a Google search on this topic and 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 which 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
Jubilee Year Starting in 2024?
Based on this 1406BC start date and a 49-year Jubilee cycle, the next Jubilee Year will start on Yom Kippur in the year 2024. 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.
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!
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 I don’t believe it’s 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, not at 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. Also, 6 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 September 2017.
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 September 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)
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.
But, Jesus said we’ll see the Antichrist commit “the abomination of desolation.”
So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination of desolation,’ described by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.Matthew 24:15
Therefore, if we see the ‘abomination of desolation’ during Passover week in 2021, we’ll know my assumptions and calculations were correct. We can be confident the 70th Jubilee Year will start September 13, 2024.
But what if my assumptions and calculations are not correct? If we don’t see the Antichrist commit the abomination of desolation during Passover week in 2021, what then? Below are some ‘Plan B’ options that fit the prophetic puzzle criteria.
Is Daniel’s 70th Week Contiguous?
One of my assumptions is that Daniel’s 70th week is a contiguous period of 7 years. But, Daniel’s 70th week may be divided into separate periods.
For example, some divide the 70th week between Jesus’ earthly ministry, 2000 years ago, and the future Great Tribulation. Therefore, there’s no way to be sure when the Great Tribulation begins until we see the Antichrist commit the abomination of desolation.
Prophetic Criteria to Define Daniel’s 70th Week
Assuming Daniel’s 70th week is a contiguous 7-years, what other 7-year periods could qualify as Daniel’s 70th week beside 2017-2024? Here’s a vital clue to help narrow it down:
And from the time the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation set up, there will be 1,290 days.Daniel 12:11 BSB
According to this verse, the span of 7 years in Daniel’s 70th week will have a total of exactly 2550 days. This includes 86 lunar months, not 87. This criteria narrows the 7-year periods that are eligible to fulfill the prophetic requirements.
(Click the link under the chart below for a detailed explanation of this 86-month, 2550-day requirement.)
Calculate 2550 by adding 1260 + 1290. Here’s the logic:
- There are 1260 days in the first half of the 7 years. (3.5 years x 12 months x 30 days per month)
- There will be 1290 days in the second half of Daniel’s 70th week, after the Abomination of Desolation.
What 7-Year Periods Qualify for Daniel’s 70th Week?
Using the 2550-day criteria, I used TorahCalendar.com to determine the exact Gregorian calendar dates for Yom Teruah (Tishri 1) and Yom Kippur (Tishri 10), from 2017 to 2041. Then I used a Microsoft Excel formula [(date1 minus date2) +1] to calculate each 7-year duration between 2017 and 2041.
(Technical Note: since Hebrew days begin at sunset one day and end at sunset the following day, each Hebrew day overlaps two dates on our Gregorian calendar. For example, Tishri 1 in 2020 will begin at sunset on 9/18/2020 and end at sunset on 9/19/2020. As you can see in the table below, I used the latter of these two dates as my convention for all calculations. This means I used the 2nd of two valid Gregorian dates for each Tishri 1 date, which is why the 2549-day durations below also fit the 2550-day criteria. If I’d reckoned Tishri 1 dates to begin at sunset on the previous day the 2549 numbers would’ve been 2550 instead of 2549.)
Results: From 2017 to 2041 there are nine 7-year periods that meet the 2550-day criteria; they are highlighted in green below. Beginning with 2017-2024, these are the best candidates for Daniel’s 70th Week.
The Abomination of Desolation Starts the Great Tribulation
Finally, while it’s extremely interesting to study these things, we can’t be positive we’re actually in Daniel’s 70th week until we see the ‘abomination of desolation.’
So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination of desolation,’ described by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop come down to retrieve anything from his house. And let no one in the field return for his cloak.
How miserable those days will be for pregnant and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not occur in the winter or on the Sabbath. For at that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be seen again. If those days had not been cut short, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.Matthew 24:15-22
Conclusion – the 70th Year of Jubilee
God’s end-time dates are a mystery.
If the abomination of desolation starts the Great Tribulation during Passover, in March/April 2021, then we’ll know:
- Daniel’s 70th Week started in 2017
- the 70th Jubilee Year (and the Millennial Reign of Yeshua the Messiah) will start on the Day of Atonement on 9/13/2024.
A Bright Future
Regardless, we are certainly living at the end of the age, and birth pangs are increasing for everyone on earth. 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.