We just passed another St. Patrick’s Day. Perhaps many of us didn’t even notice the holiday come and go if we didn’t have little ones to remind us. As odd as it seems, the holiday may be applied to the gospel in a round-about way.
We have all heard the legend that a pot of gold rests at the end of the rainbow. Kids dream of chasing down the rainbow and finding its evasive end where riches are aplenty and mythical figures abound. Well, is there something at the end of the rainbow?
Revelations 4: 2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
All throughout the Bible we see the lucky number seven. The different colors of the rainbow in Revelations represent the seven spirits of God that are mentioned over and over again in the book. The Menorah with its seven lamps represent the same. While the seven spirits of God hold a great deal of importance to us as individuals, I wanted to touch on some other things in this post that have to do with the number seven.
Each week has seven days, with the appropriate day for the Sabbath, or the day of rest, being at the end of the week. Every seven years marks what is called a Shemitah (or shmita) for Israel, in which debts are forgiven, and the land is to be given a rest from farming. It is a Sabbath year.
At the end of seven cycles of seven years, we have what is called a Year of Jubilee. During the Year of Jubilee slaves and prisoners were to be freed, debts would be forgiven, and the mercies of God were often manifest. As many of us know, 2015 is one of those special years where the Shemitah coincides with a Year of Jubilee.
Johnathan Kahn wrote extensively on the subject, and predicts dire consequences for the world, and America in particular this Shemitah year. Check out his books to find some fascinating events that took place the last two Shemitah years. It seems that Shemitah years often marked judgement and wrath, or great blessings depending upon the hearts of the people.
These things have been written about by many people, and can be found in many places, but I wanted to mention something else that may be coinciding with the Shemitah and Jubilee at this time.
Every seven days we find a day of rest, and every seven years we find a year of rest, well what about the approaching seventh millennium? All things come in cycles, and all of these miniature days of rest point towards the great millennial day. What if this year is not only a Jubilee and a Shemitah year, but also the culmination of the 6,000 years preceding the great day of rest for the earth?
Let us look at the symbolism of the Jubilee, and see how it applies to the seventh millennium.
One meaning of the word Jubilee is “trumpet sound.” So it could just as easily be said this is a year of trumpets sounding. The Jubilee began on the Day of Atonement with a blast of trumpets. We all know that the earth’s day of rest will be preceded by the blast of trumpets, signifying different events that will take place.
During the year of Jubilee all Israelites who had sold themselves into slavery were set free. We have been promised that at some point we will be lead out of bondage and finally escape Babylon, to enter the city of rest, the city of Zion, if we so choose.
We see some interesting instruction from the Lord to give the land back to its original owners during Jubilee, even if it had been sold. Beautiful! This is symbolic of the promises being fulfilled that God gave the Israelites so long ago concerning their inheritance in the land of promise. Are these lands soon to be given to the rightful heirs?
During the year of Jubilee, families were to gather together and congregate, celebrating the Sabbath year together. This signifies the gathering of the great family of Israel that will happen in the beginning of the seventh millennium.
All the land was to rest, and people were to live off of what had been sown during the previous years. The great Jubilee of the earth signifies a day of rest for the earth, where she will be raised to a higher sphere, and also an accounting or judgment for the people of the earth, who will be rewarded according to what they have sown during their probationary stay.
If anything belonged to the people of God during the six thousand years, it will once again be bestowed upon them in the seventh. It is also called the “restitution of all things.” We will see the powers of God returned in fullness. Translation will begin to occur again. Enoch was the “seventh from Adam.” Coincidence? Here are some notable things that are said to have happened during different years of Jubilee in the past.
- The Exodus from Egypt
- Dedication of Solomon’s Temple
- Decree to Rebuild Jerusalem
- Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Can you feel it in the air? Volumes could be written (in fact they have been) on the signs that are taking place in the heavens and on the earth. We are symbolically approaching the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The Lord would have us enter His rest, and this can only be done on an individual basis. He will guide us in the process if we will yield our hearts to Him. He is the Lord of the Sabbath.