Today is a Leap Day.
Every 4 years we on the Gregorian calendar get to enjoy an extra day in the month of February. It is because the Gregorian calendar, also called the Western or Christian calendar, is a solar calendar. The Gregorian calendar tells time by the solar year or the amount of time it takes for the earth to make a complete rotation around the sun.
Most modern solar calendars are marked by 365 days. However it really takes approximately 365 days and 6 hours for a complete revolution or solar year. Because of this, every 4 years an extra 24 hours is accumulated which gives us the 24 hours we are enjoying today.
In researching the Gregorian and Hebrew calendar I came across an article on Haaretz, a Jewish news magazine which provides real time news and analysis of the Middle East. They ran a story in 2015 which had a general statement, it was not intended to be earth shattering but it would shock most people… including most Christians.
It was as follows:
“Israel’s official calendar is the Hebrew one. According to Jewish counting, on September 24, 2014, we entered the Year 5775, that is – the supposed 5775th year since the world was created on Saturday night, October 6, 3761 BCE.”
Unlike the Gregorian calendar of the West, the Hebrew calendar is a lunar calendar. But also unlike the calendar of the West it counts “days since creation”.
The Hebrew calendar is based on astronomy, the lunar cycle and the solstices. When God placed the sun and moon in the heavens to govern time on the 4th day of creation He also started a clock, the ability to tell time. Because of simple math, just as you can count years forward you can also count years backward.
So, if the Hebrew calendar and time keeping are correct then you should be able to track it back to when it was created, on the 4th day of creation.
I thought to myself, “Since Hebrew time keeping goes back to creation we should be able to tell if modern day sabbatical cycles (Shemitah) are accurate. We should also be able to correlate them to Jubilee Years. In other words, if Jewish time keeping is legitimate it should all check out.”
I decided to do the work and put it to the test. I wanted to find out the following:
- Are modern day observances of the sabbatical year (Shemitah) in line with history? In other words, if you start with the Shemitah of 5775 (Sept. 24, 2014 through Sept. 13, 2015) and track back every 7 years does it correlate accurately to the Gregorian calendar?
- Based on modern day sabbatical year observances, do Jubilee cycles correlate? In other words, if the year 5776 is in fact a Jubilee Year and you track back to measure it does it correlate to the approximate historical era of the entrance of the Israelites into the land of Canaan?
- Are we really in the 70th Jubilee?
- When this is all mapped out, does it sync with historical events based on the Gregorian calendar and secular archeology/history?
So I decided to put together a spreadsheet from the most recent Shemitah (Sept. 24, 2014 through Sept. 13, 2015) and what I found was remarkable.
Based on the modern day observance of the shmita (Shemitah) I was able to not only track the Sabbatical cycles from current day to the Jewish date of creation, I was able to track Jubilee cycles to the historic period of when the Israelites would have entered the land of Canaan. It not only synced perfectly with the Gregorian account of history it synced with historical events such as the Battle of Jericho, the birth of Jesus and other historical accounts.
Here is what I found:
The Shemitah or sabbatical year prior to a Jubilee cycle doesn’t have the same significance as prior Shemitah years. It is because the significance is placed on the Jubilee Year.
Not only are we in the 70th Jubilee, the 2 prior Jubilee Years are of monumental significance as it relates to the land of Israel.
- Jubilee 68 (5678) – Gregorian Dates 1917-1918 – WWI
- Jubilee 69 (5727) – Gregorian Dates 1966-1967 – 6 Day War
- Jubilee 70 (5776) – Gregorian Dates 2015-2016 – TBD
There is a specific connection.
World War I, as I wrote about last time, was the beginning of the repossession of the Holy Land. It was this war where the Ottoman Empire was defeated and the land of Palestine was repossessed. But it gets even more specific. It was the Battle of Megiddo (1918) in which Allied forces would secure the land. It was the final Allied offensive of the Sinai and Palestine Campaign. This occurred in the final Gregorian year of the Jubilee.
The same would apply to the next Jubilee cycle. The next Jubilee would be year 5727 on the Hebrew calendar or 1966-1967 on the Gregorian calendar. In the final Gregorian year of the Jubilee (1967) there would be the 6 Day War. Israel would capture the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan and the Golan Heights from Syria.
What does it all mean?
It means significant events are coming to Israel. The entire purpose of which is to bring about fulfillment related to the restoration of Israel to their land. The Shemitah and Jubilee are ultimately about the land and rest. Because of the correlation to the 70th Jubilee if such an event were to occur it would suggest the beginning of the completion of the restoration of Israel, leading to an increase of Aliyah or the return of diaspora Jews from exile to Jerusalem.
If there is something for us to pull out here it is this: we should see a battle or military movement in or around Israel which builds on 1918 and 1967.
It also means there is likely Biblical significance to the military build up in Syria and the emergence of ISIL, which aims to restore the caliphate of the Ottoman Empire. Since that would undo all that God has done through both World Wars we know this is unlikely to occur. It means ISIL is likely a catalyst for larger scale movement of unified nations against Israel in the future.
I will go over all of this in my book. We will look at the “Big Picture” and even the “Bigger Picture” starting with the Assyrian captivity in 740 BC to the Triumphal Entry of Christ, The Siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD, both World Wars and modern day events. We will look at how it all correlates to the prophecy of Daniel 9 and the prophecies of Ezekiel 37-39. We will also look at the correlation to Matthew 24 and other passages in the New Testament.
Everything is happening for a reason.
So today is your “free day”. I hope it is a blessed one. When you look at the calendar keep in mind all that God has done and be encouraged about all He will continue to do.
My book which was originally set to be released in February, will be available in March.