I was just lying here in my rather warm room [we don't
have AC here],
and I was thinking about this nearly yearlong grace
period of 5776 [Rosh Hashanah 2015 to Rosh Hashanah 2016].
If the millennial cusp was a year long [1 January 2000 to
1 January 2001], then why not have the 70th Jubilee
[counting from when Joshua and Caleb set foot in the
Promised Land the first time] also be a year long cusp?
It is written,
Behold, the LORD’s hand is not
shortened, that it cannot save,
or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;
2 but your iniquities have made a separation
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
so that he does not hear.
Again, it is written,
14 Justice is turned back,
and righteousness stands far away;
for truth has stumbled in the public squares,
and uprightness cannot enter.
15 Truth is lacking,
and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.
The LORD saw it, and it displeased him
that there was no justice.
16 He saw that there was no man,
and wondered that there was no one to intercede;
then his own arm brought him salvation,
and his righteousness upheld him.
17 He put on righteousness as a breastplate,
and a helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.
18 According to their deeds, so will he repay,
wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies;
to the coastlands he will render repayment.
19 So they shall fear the name of the LORD from the west,
and his glory from the rising of the sun;
for he will come like a rushing stream,
which the wind of the LORD drives.
20 “And a Redeemer will come to Zion,
to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the
21 “And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the
LORD: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have
put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or
out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of
your children’s offspring,” says the LORD, “from this time
forth and forevermore.”
You can see that verses 16 and 17 are the first and
second comings of Jesus Christ back to back. Why is his so?
It is because the timing of both comings are from the
same passage, Daniel 9:24! [See also Leviticus 25, keeping
in mind that the shmita years (Sabbath years) are
sacrosanct. The 50th year is always the first year counting
up to the next jubilee.]
Read also Leviticus 26 for information on blessings,
curses, and a return to blessings. Christ's blood shed on
the cross is the guarantee that eretz [true] Israel will see
a return to blessings! This same principle applies to
nations, groups, and individuals alike!
See Joshua 1:3-5 and Ezekiel 47 to review the full extent
of the land that Jesus Christ will command. Hint: it is
larger than you think!
Thus is it written,
Ascension of Jesus
6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking
him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and
restore our kingdom?”
7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set
those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon
you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me
everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and
to the ends of the earth.”
9 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they
were watching, and they could no longer see him. 10 As they
strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men
suddenly stood among them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said,
“why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has
been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return
from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”
The same Jesus that ascended into heaven will return on
time, and without delay.
A parting thought:
vision is for a future time.
It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.
If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
for it will surely take place.
It will not be delayed.
4 “Look at the proud!
They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked.
But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.