Israel’s Jubilee Fulfilled in the Philippines!

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year-of-jubileeReally? If Moses were alive today, he would have died laughing at the “Intercessors for the Philippines,” a group of Filipinos so gullible to the deception of Cindy Jacobs, a well-known false prophet. In their Facebook note, they proclaim a new revelation, previously unknown to all Christians in 2,000 years of church history,

This was a glorious unveiling of something no one was aware of, a message of hope that has gone throughout the whole width and breath of our nation and that has triggered unprecedented prayers and fasting throughout the whole Body of Christ!

According to their hex-egesis, 2010 would be the 490th year since Ferdinand Magellan planted the Roman Catholic cross on the Philippine islands in 1521. What’s the significance of 490 years? Based on Israel’s 49 years before the Jubilee on the 50th year, 49 X 10 = 490.

So, Israel’s Jubilee commemoration described in Leviticus 25:8-17 is actually only a foreshadow of God’s plan for the Philippines!

Another text they added to their hex-egesis is Daniel 9:24, saying, “The 490th year therefore is a Jubilee of Jubilees! Based on Daniel 9:24, six redemptive events are powerfully defined: 1. finish transgression; 2. put an end to sin; 3. make reconciliation for iniquity; 4. establish everlasting righteousness; 5. seal up vision and prophecy; and 6. anoint the Holy of Holies.”

Again, Daniel’s prophecy about Israel, Christ and the Church is actually God’s prophecy for the Philippines!

How insightful! How profound!

Lastly, they proclaim that their prophets from all over the world have declared that:

1. The Philippines is destined to be a sheep nation. (Matthew 25:31-46)
2. The Philippines will be a blessed nation. (Proverbs 14:34; Psalm 33:12)
3. The Philippines will be missionary-sending nation. (Matthew 28:18-20)

Now, I used all kinds of UV light, electron microscopes, and even employed CSI forensic scientists, but I couldn’t find an atomic hair or any hidden code that the verses above talk about the Philippines!

But seriously, what is this thing called the Jubilee?

The Hebrew festal calendar calls for every 7th year as a sabbatical year, when all agricultural activities are to cease. Reflecting God’s Sabbath rest, both land and people are to rest on the 7th year. After 7 weeks of years (or 7×7=49 years), the 50th year following will be another sabbatical year, which is called the Jubilee.

The Hebrew word yobel, is related to a word that means “ram’s horn,” (or trumpet), which is to be sounded throughout Israel on the Day of Atonement, the beginning of the 50th year. The regulations of the Jubilee are the same as for the sabbatical year: the land and the people are to rest. In addition, people are to return to their ancestral property, and those who have become slaves are also to be released.

Instead of working, the people were to spend the year resting from their labors and thanking God for giving them rest and liberty. The Jubilee, then, is a year of worship and rest. God wanted the people to fully trust and depend on him who would provide for them for the next two years of not working their fields. It also teaches them that ultimately, all the land—indeed, everything—belongs to the Lord.

Far from being fulfilled by Filipinos, both the 7th year—sabbatical year—and the 50th year—the Jubilee—are fulfilled by Christ. This is why Jesus quotes Isaiah 61:1-2 when he proclaimed at the beginning of his earthly ministry,

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

He would fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy when he ministered to the poor, the blind, and the oppressed, and proclaimed the good news to them as a sign that the Kingdom of God had come. More importantly, he announced that the poor in spirit will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven; and those who are enslaved to sin and blinded and oppressed by the devil will be forgiven and set at liberty by the gospel.

Intertwined in Isaiah’s prophecy is the eschatological “year of the Lord’s favor” which Jesus inaugurated on that day he preached at the synagogue in his hometown Nazareth (Luke 4:16-21). What is this year? Isaiah refers back to the Jubilee in Leviticus 25:10:

And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan.

At the appointed year, the people will rest from their labors and all their indebtedness and slavery will be forgiven.

Is the Philippines in Daniel’s 70 Sevens?

A few centuries later, the angel Gabriel announced to Daniel, exiled in Babylon, a similar prophecy involving 70 sevens,

Seventy sevens [not “weeks”] are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.

This verse, Daniel 9:24, and the following verses 25-27, are much debated. Dispensationalists teach that the “70 sevens” are literal 490 years, and that between the 69th and 70th week is an indefinite “parenthesis” of time, when God’s salvation plan for Israel is suspended. This “parenthesis,” God’s Plan B, will last from Christ’s crucifixion to the so-called “secret” Rapture, now spanning 2,000 years! But in the dispensational hex-egesis, where is this “parenthesis” of 2,000 years in Daniel 9:24-27? Nowhere, of course.

Volumes have been written about the 70 weeks of Daniel 9, but to summarize the best exegesis, these 70 sevens, symbolizing a perfect fullness of time, begun in 538 B.C. when Cyrus decreed that the Jewish exiles could return to their homeland Israel.

After 69 sevens, “an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing,” obviously referring to the crucifixion of Christ, who “was cut off out of the land of the living” (Isa 53:8). This “anointed one,” the Messiah, “shall make a strong covenant with many for one week” when in the upper room, he declared to his disciples, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” (Luke 22:20). And when he sacrificed himself, all of the old covenant Temple sacrifices and offerings were abolished once for all (Heb 9:12), fulfilling Daniel’s prophecy, “and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering” (Dan 9:27 b).

What else could fulfill Daniel 9:24 except the sacrificial death of Christ? He “atoned for” and “put an end” to the “transgression, sin and iniquity” of God’s people. With his perfect obedience all the way to the cross, he “brought everlasting righteousness.” Because God has completed his revelation to man through Christ his Son (Heb 1:1-2), and God’s Word is sufficient for the redemption of man (1 Tim 3:16), “all visions and prophecies have ceased” as God’s means of revelation. Finally, when Christ died on the cross, he “entered the holiest of the most holy places,” heaven itself (Heb. 9:11–14, 23–24), where he awaits his people’s entrance into their eternal Sabbath rest (Heb 4:9-10). Meanwhile, we his people are to cease from our own futile works of righteousness, and let Christ’s righteousness be counted to us by faith so we may be able to enter God’s jubilee rest.

All of these things were accomplished, finished, done—once for all—2,000 years ago by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It will never happen again—not this year or any other year in the future.

So, where does the Philippines figure in these prophecies? Only in the wild hallucinations of false prophets like Cindy Jacobs and the Intercessors for the Philippines.

For another funny Filipino twist to a Biblical text, read “Hexegesis.”

For more scholarly work on this subject, see the following:

“Hermeneutical Factors In Determining The Beginning Of The Seventy Weeks (Daniel 9:25)” by Vern Poythress

“The Covenant of the Seventieth Week” by Meredith G. Kline

Chart of Daniel’s 70 Weeks (PDF) by Lee Irons

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