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The Sabbatical Year and the Jubilee
Chapter 20 Leviticus 25
The stress laid on the number "seven" . . . The seven Year-Sabbaths . . . How the people were to be supplied during the Sabbatical years . . . An argument for the Divine legation of Moses . . . How the Truth of the Gospel is proven by these ancient laws . . . The Sabbatical periods in their typical signification . . . The "Jubilee" . . . Not properly the Gospel dispensation, but the final consummation to which the Gospel refers . . . A Sabbath to come . . . A period of Restitution . . . Of Release . . . Of Return home . . . Of Feasting upon the supplies of our years of toil . . . Conclusion.
As I remark about the number seven, it is remarkable how this number is worked in with nearly everything holy. The Scriptures throughout this Chapter rest upon the number seven with unusual importance. It was on the seventh day that God ceased His work of Creation and hallowed a rest, which has made the computation of time by groups of seven days the common and universal method from that day until now. Seven days were given to Noah to gather in the tenants of the ark; and with him came over the flood seven persons, and sevens of all the clean animals. On the seventh month the ark rested on the Earth again, and on the seventh day the dove was sent out. Seven years of plenty and seven of famine were sent upon Egypt, as the LORD signified through Joseph. Seven priests with seven trumpets were to encompass the walls of Jericho seven consecutive days, and the seventh day it fell into the hands of Israel. Seven days were the Jews to celebrate several of their feasts; seven days were their priests to be in course of consecration; seven days were their unclean to be in cleansing; and seven victims were required in many of their sacrifices. Seven days did Job's friends sit with him, and seven bullocks were to be offered for their sins. Seven years was Solomon's Temple in building; seven days was the feast of its dedication; and seventy years was Israel captive at Babylon. Seven years was Nebuchadnezzar dishonored as a brute, and seventy weeks were determined until Messiah should be cut off. Enoch, whom God translated, and the first man ever exempted from death, was the seventh from Adam; and according to Luke, Jesus was the seventy-seventh. Seven hours did the Saviour hang on that cross; seven times did He speak while hanging there; seven times did He show Himself after His Resurrection; and seven days after His Ascension was the Holy Ghost poured out. Seventy was the number of disciples whom He first commissioned. Seven petitions are contained in the prayer which He taught His followers. Seven lamps were in the Tabernacle. Seven Churches we read of in the Book of Revelation; and seven seals, seven vials, seven angels, seven Spirits of God and the finishing of the mystery at the sounding of the seventh trumpet. And one of the most prominent and remarkable features of the Levitical code was that Sabbatical system which pervaded it, making the seventh day, the seventh month, the seventh year, and an additional year every seven times seven years, holy periods and seasons, to be observed with peculiar solemnity and special services.
The Sabbath Year
Lev. 25:1-7 And the LORD spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. 3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; 4 But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. 5 That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land. 6 And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee, 7 And for thy cattle, and for the beast that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat. (KJV)
It is these Year-Sabbaths and God's laws concerning them which we shall consider. May the Holy Spirit direct our thoughts and bring us to a proper and profitable understanding of His Will and purposes!
The first of these Jewish Year-Sabbaths, as presented in Chapter 25, was that which occurred every seventh year. From the time Israel became settled in the Promised Land, they were to count seven years, and that seventh year was to be a Holy Year of rest, especially for the land. It was a year during which all farming processes were to be interrupted, and the ground to be left idle. The entire country was that year to be turned into a public common, free to all, the proprietor of his land not only ceasing to cultivate it, but having no more right to its impulsive products than anyone else. But . . . the people were certainly not to be lazy. There was nothing to hinder free social interaction. It was only the land that was to rest, and man from tilling it. It was to "be a Sabbath of rest unto the land," in which there was to be NO sowing, NO reaping and NO gathering of what the vine might produce. This was the main characteristic of the Sabbatical Year (once every seven years), even though it no doubt embraced other religious, economical civil and political interests and ends.
The Year of Jubilee
Lev 25:8-22 And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. 9 Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. 10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. 11 A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. 12 For it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. 13 In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession. 14 And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not oppress one another: 15 According to the number of years after the jubile thou shalt buy of thy neighbour, and according unto the number of years of the fruits he shall sell unto thee: 16 According to the multitude of years thou shalt increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of years thou shalt diminish the price of it: for according to the number of the years of the fruits doth he sell unto thee. 17 Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God. 18 Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety. 19 And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety. 20 And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase: 21 Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years. 22 And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; until her fruits come in ye shall eat of the old store. (KJV)
The second and most famous of these Jewish Year-Sabbaths was that which came at the end of the seventh septennial rest, and occurred every fiftieth year. This was called the great year . . . the year of Jubilee. It was an institution of the same general Sabbatical character with the seventh day, seventh month, and seventh year, except that it occurred more seldom, and was attended with joys, blessings and accompaniments of good, far beyond all other Holy seasons. It also was a Sabbath of rest for the land, in which the people were neither to sow, nor prune, nor gather. It was a year of redemption through which NO bonds could hold, NO contracts bind, NO prisons remain locked and NO possessions or lands continue out of the hands of the original owners. When that year came, all debtors were released, all slaves set at liberty, all captives discharged, all exiles brought home, all alienated property restored to those to whom God had given it, and all absent ones returned to the bosoms of their families and friends. It was just one of the provisions of grace scattered over God's ancient economy, showing the Hand and Presence of God who is full of loving-kindness and tender mercies. It was a prearrangement of God, which helped equalize and balance society in that unrefined age, and to prevent many of the causes which often work badly in a Nation.
It not only contributed to rest the land from the exhaustion of nonstop cultivation, and to restore the unfortunate; but it was a kind of "restitution of all things," by which a fresh and happy impulse was given to the whole current of affairs. It was a grand year of refreshment and recuperation for a new and more contented life. As long as the Jewish people faithfully kept these Sabbatical Laws, they continued to be a prosperous people and a peaceful State; but when they started to disregard them, they were torn and spoiled by internal strife, social disorders and all kinds of political trouble.
There is a feature of these Year-Sabbaths which would possibly mainly capture the attention of the political economist, and which is of no less interest to the Christian. It was a bold and hazardous undertaking for a legislator to propose laws which would interrupt the supplies upon which the people subsisted. Yet, this is what was done in these Sabbatical regulations. The ordinary Sabbatical year commenced in the harvest month; but there was to be no seeding during that year, and consequently no harvest until the third succeeding year. The year of Jubilee always begun with the conclusion of the ordinary Sabbatical year, thus bringing together two successive years in which there was neither reaping nor sowing. There would thus be three, if not four, years of complete interruption in the ordinary supplies from the fields. Now, it was no small matter, by mere arbitrary legislation, to strike out of existence three successive harvests every fifty years. The mere partial failure of one of our crops, sends stagnation and distress into all departments of society. Three successive failures would fill the whole country with famine, wretchedness and starvation. What was to prevent a like result from these long and total intermissions in the agriculture of the Jews? So important an inquiry was not overlooked by the Framer of these Laws. The LORD directed Moses to say to Israel, "And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year, seeing we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase? Then will I command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years." The people were required to rely on a miracle for sustenance, and the Lawgiver pledged a septennial (occurring every 7 years) miracle in their favor. The fruits of two or three years were to be forthcoming, from the Earth on the year preceding each Sabbatical year.
We should consider an important Truth of the Mosaic story and the holiness of these laws. No lawmaker would ever have devised, and no people would ever have accepted a law which required a miracle, unless it was clear that the Law came from God Himself, who alone, is able to bring about what it promised. There had to be complete confidence on Moses' part that it was the One and Only Creator God who spoke to him, and that what was promised was really a pledge from God . . . to be fulfilled by Him. A like confidence must have governed those who accepted the Law from Moses' hands, while a few septenaries (7 years) of years were to settle, by actual proof, whether their confidence was well-founded or false. It was a test so direct, so deep, so certain to expose the falsehood . . . just in case there was a falsehood.
So unrestricted as to time, so far beyond the reach of man to affect the result and repetition on such a grand a scale every seven years, it is impossible that Moses could have come up with this on his own, unless that he spoke by authority of the Almighty Creator God . . . how could the people afterwards ever have regarded him as a divine prophet IF it had failed or went wrong? Since Moses certainly DID give this Law and the Promise connected with it; and since the Jewish people DID receive it, and for centuries obeyed and tested it, and still continued to honor and reverence Moses as the first of all God's prophets; what other conclusion is there, except that Moses' words to Israel were authentic, and that he was indeed a man of God who represented Almighty God in Heaven, which he stated, claimed and was believed to be. The words of Moses cannot reasonably be set aside, because ALL its unusual instructions radiate from one place . . . that being Christ Jesus and His works and offices of mercy for mankind.
Moses' words fit and conform in detail, in a rich magnificence of illustration, in perfect accuracy, and in a sound and historical correctness, which should astonish and amazed us.
They seem more like stories framed after the occurrence of the facts, than like types instituted fifteen hundred years in advance. Questions rise: Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (KJV)
HOW did Moses see in advance . . . Christ and the redemption that is in Him? HOW did he to know anything about Jesus' unique Character, or about those miraculous facts and wonderful results of the Saviour's great and extraordinary history? HOW did he give such glowing pictures of what God would accomplish in the far-off ages? From where did he get the idea from which he illustrated those vivid and living pictures of the great economy of grace in Christ Jesus? Where did he get all the accuracy of information concerning what was to be . . . unless he got it directly from HIM who knew the end of all things from the beginning? (Isa.46:10).
To agree that Moses acted with the assistance and direction of God, is to admit that the Gospel is true, because the Gospel is set forth in what Moses commanded and wrote. But we must also see the importance of these Year-Sabbaths, for everything in the Book of Leviticus has been thought-provoking. A magnificent picture has been passing before us. It has been through a long corridor of Divine Pictures of Christ and His Work of lovingkindness and mercy for mankind.
We have seen some of the steps by which the world has come up to the inspiring heights of spiritual wisdom and hope, that eventually was laid open in the New Testament. All the great facts and stages of REDEMPTION have passed in review before us.
What remains for us now to think about its ultimate results and final completion of the entire structure, in all its grand magnificence, which will have been exhibited. It was because of this that the Sabbatical system so exceptionally characterized the Hebrew ritual.
I do not think that these Sabbatical regulations referred exclusively to separate and distinct things. The seventh day, the seventh month, the seventh year and the Year of Jubilee, as I take them, ALL express the same great thought, and are related to each other in significance as the different sections of a telescope. They follow each other . . . the one only repeats the other on a larger scale. And they all range in the same line to give a focus for looking further into the depths and tiny details of one and the same scene. We have sabbaths of days, and sabbaths of months, and sabbaths of years, and septenaries (group of 7) of years, all multiplied in each other with expanding interest, to indicate the approach of one great seventh of time when all God's gracious dealings with man shall come to their end, and to point the eye of hope to one grand ultimate Sabbath, in which the weary world shall rest from its long turmoil and all its inhabitants keep the Jubilee.
The word "Jubilee" is of uncertain origin and meaning. Some say it is from a verb which means to recall, restore or bring back; which would very properly label an arrangement which recalled the absent, restored the captive and brought back alienated estates. Some trace it to Jubal, the inventor of musical instruments, and think this year was named after him because it is a year of mirth and joy, of which music is a common link and expression. In Hebrew, yobel means the sounding of a trumpet; hence some take the word Jubilee as derived from the extraordinary sounding of trumpets with which this particular year was always introduced, some making it refer to the kind of instruments used, and others, to the particular kind of note produced.
But . . . it may well have been a name invented for the occasion, and intended to carry its meaning in its sound, or to get it from the nature of the period which it was from then on to designate. It is a word which connects with the beautiful joys, ushered in with thrilling and triumphant proclamations. Like the striking of the clock in a cathedral, so too sounded the notes of the silver trumpet from the sanctuary, announcing that the great year of redemption and rest had come . . . the year of release and restoration throughout all Israel."
Some interpret this year of Jubilee as a picture of the present Gospel dispensation, and consider that we are now living in this remarkable year. In a way there is no doubt that in a redemptional, forgiveness and atonement sense, this is true. The Gospel is a most certainly a trumpet of gladness, proclaiming liberty to the captives, and opening the prison-doors to them that are bound and declaring the moral rest of forgiveness and peace in Christ Jesus. The year of Jubilee did not begin until the close of the day of atonement. It was only after the High-priest had finished all the services of that solemn day that the silver trumpet sounded for the Jubilee. This day of atonement only began with the Saviour's sufferings and death. It is still in progress.
Our Great High-Priest is still inside the veil sprinkling His Atoning Blood. Sinners outside the veil are still afflicting their souls and waiting for His Re-appearance to pronounce upon them the life-giving benediction. Bonds, trials, heavy sorrows and sore deprivations still cleave to the saints. Even the most holy Christians have not yet come to the fulness of their rest. The very martyrs, who laid down their lives for the testimony of Jesus, are represented as waiting and crying, "O Lord, how long!" With all our peace in Christ Jesus, our portion as yet is connected with dust and tears. So, the right Jubilee is yet to come. Our Priest must first go out from the Holy of Holies, where He has gone and close the reconciliation day . . . and then, and only then will our joyous rest rightly begin. Jesus must first appear the Second time, before our final release and salvation shall be complete.
Many times have we heard the sounding trumpets of Gospel tidings. Long and loud has the summons to repentance and reconciliation been ringing in the ears of a drowsy world. Many have listened, believed, accepted and thereby experienced the glad earnest of the appointed Jubilee; but there is another trumpet . . . "the great trumpet" . . . "the trump of God" . . . which yet remains to be sounded. It is a trumpet which shall NEVER be heard but once in all the past ages; . . . this trumpet whose sound shall thrill worlds, and rise up the very patriarchs from their long-lost graves, and transform time itself into ETERNITY . . . this trumpet shall be blown throughout all the Earth the moment our Great High-Priest shall appear again. Dear one, He shall return!
The Coming of the Lord
1 Thes. 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (KJV)
That trumpet is the true trumpet of the true Jubilee. When it sounds, then shall the Great Sabbath of the ages begin. Let us consider some of the beautiful features of that coming time.
<><><>1. First . . . it shall be a Sabbath . . . a sacred and holy rest. The year of Jubilee was the most intense and inspiring of the Sabbatical periods. The Sabbath is the jewel of the week. God marked and hallowed it seventh, after He saw Creation finished. It was then that the Great Maker sat down contentedly to see the splendid products of His wisdom, His love and His power. One day He shall sit down to view redemption finished, the years brought to their perfect completeness, and the life of the world in its full and peaceful bloom. The Jubilee is therefore to be the crown of dispensations, and the ultimate glory of the ages, when the Son of God shall rest from the long work of the New Creation, and sit down with His saints to enjoy it forever. The perfection of the Sabbaths shall then throw its dewy mantle over us forever.
<><><>2. It shall be the period of restitution. The year of Jubilee was a year when all property which had been sold or alienated came back to its original owners. Farms and houses that the Jew, through misfortune, had to part with, then became his again. If anyone had been reduced to slavery, his freedom returned to him. The land itself also received release, and rested in the undisturbed rest which it enjoyed before the fall. Everything seemed to go back to the happy condition in which God had originally arranged things.
Man, in today's world, is an evicted proprietor. God gave him possessions and privileges which have been taken from him. God made him but a little lower than the angels, crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of his hands. All creatures were given to him for his service, and he was to "have dominion over every living thing that moveth upon the earth" (Gen.1:26). It seems that the splendor has faded and the power has declined! Gone is the freedom which once encompassed man. Gone is all the beautiful dignity which once crowned him. But things shall change when the joyous trump of Jubilee shall sound, for the vile intruder shall then shrink back, and releasing his avaricious grasp upon what can no longer be his. Satan shall then cease to annoy and irritate those who have taken refuge in the LORD. Our long down-trodden excellence shall then rise from the dust, radiant with the splendors in which it came at first from our Great Creator's Hand. The crown that has fallen shall then again take its proper place upon the brow for which it was made. There shall be beauty for ashes, and the oil of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isa.61:3); for "in that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people." (Isa.28:5).
<><><>3. It shall he a time of release for all that are oppressed, imprisoned or bound. The year of Jubilee struck off the bonds of every Jewish captive, and threw open the prison doors to all who had lost their liberty. We are all prisoners now. Even though the chains of sin be broken, the chains of flesh and remaining corruption still confine us and curtail our freedom. Even the pious ones who have passed away from Earth, are still held in the power of death. Their souls may be at rest, but their bodies are still shut up in the pit of the grave. Rom. 8:22 -23 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (KJV)
Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV)
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body . . . our vile body could be a body of corruption. This means that He shall change our earthly body, He will refashion us from corrupt to incorrupt (1 Cor.15:42-44,48-54), that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious Body (1 Jn.3:2). The bodies of TRUE believers shall be raised up at the great day in the same likeness, immortality and glory, of the glorified humanity of Christ Jesus; and be so completely changed, as to be not only capable through their immortality of eternally existing, but also of the unlimited spiritual enjoyments at the right Hand of God.
According to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself . . . according to His power, by which He can bring all things under subjection to Himself. So, we find that the resurrection of the body is attributed to that power which governs and subdues all things, for nothing less than the power that produced the human body at the beginning, can restore it from its lapsed and degraded state into that state of glory which it had at its Creation; and make it capable to enjoy God, all through eternity. The thought of this glorious change was a subject of the highest joy and confidence among the primitive Christian, and of TRUE Christians today! New bodies: (2 Cor.5:1-10). This Earth is NOT our permanent home! Thank You Jesus!
Dear one, when the great trump of Jubilee shall sound, all groanings shall stop, and the chains shall dissolve. Rocky vaults and graves, sealed for ages, shall then suddenly burst open and daylight break into the darkest tombs . . . all God's buried saints shake off their damp and moldy prison garbs, to bid farewell forever to the dingy graves that now hold their holy forms. These patriarchs from their ancient tombs shall hear the electrifying call and come; and holy martyrs, whose sacred dust the winds and waters scattered over the Earth; and slaughtered saints, whose bones lie scattered on the mountains; and paupers sleeping 'in Christ' in potter's fields; and faithful missionaries, whose hearts the savages have eaten or cast to the dogs; and all those who were lost at sea that were shipwreck, left to perish on the barren rocks or in the dark depths of the vast sea . . . they ALL shall then find their sad fate reversed, and the power of the oppressor gone forever.
Equally blessed shall be the arrival of that day to those bound sufferers in Christ who shall still be found living in the flesh. The poor diseased ones, slowly fading with decay; the trembling paralytic, bound to his sick-room chair; the painful cripple who is barely able to walk; and the old bed-ridden saint, already halfway in his grave; the maimed soldier of the cross, hobbling sorrowfully on his crutches; the unfortunate blind one, feeling his way through a world of light and beauty in perfect darkness; the chained maniac in an asylum, the sad, weak ones cut off from all earthly hope; the aged grandmother, bowed together with a weight of years that have carried away all the friends of her youth . . . these, and ten thousand more that suffer in the LORD, one and all, at the sound of the trumpet, shall feel the sudden delight of remarkable deliverance . . . they shall feel their sad hardships no more . . . for the year of Jubilee has come!
<><><>4. Another feature of that happy time is, that it shall be a time of regathering for the scattered household. Jehovah's Word to Israel was, "The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee unto you, ye shall return every man to his family" (Lev.25:10). It is not possible in this world for families to keep together. So many things press us to scatter us from our homes. The common wants of life, to say nothing of goals for good, honor or distinction, operate to drive asunder the most tenderly attached of households. And if we should even succeed in overcoming dividing forces, there are others which do their work in a way which we cannot delay. Death comes, and one by one, they sleep in separate graves, mostly far apart. One lies in the country church-yard, one in the city cemetery . . . one in the far-off fatherland, and one in some remote corner of the wide new world. One sleeps in the sunny south, another in the dark and freezing north. One found his bed on the gory field of battle, and another in the wide, deep sea. A sister rests in the family lot, and a brother in an unknown wilderness.
There is not a complete household on the Earth, that does has not have someone absent to mourn. But there shall come a day when all the households of the righteous shall be complete. The year of Jubilee shall bring back the absent one. For when the Son of Man shall come, "he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the one end of heaven to the other" (Mat.24:31). Not even one shall be overlooked or forgotten. ALL shall hear the trump of Jubilee, and come back to their happy homes.
<><><>5. But there is yet another feature of this blessed time to come, to which I must mention. The sounding of that trump shall be the summons to a sacred feast upon the supplies laid up by the industry of preceding years. Even though there shall be NO sowing or gathering done in the Year of Jubilee, Israel would have plenty. The Bountiful Hand of God would supply them. The years that went before would furnish abundance for all the period of rest.
Now is our harvest-time. The fields are waving with beautiful golden products which God means that we shall gather and store for our Jubilee. Hard work is required. We must thrust in the sickle, and gather the blessed sheaves, and lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven (Mat.6:19-20). It will not do for us to be lazy . . . while ripe crops invite us to gather.
John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.(KJV) We must work while we can, and lay up while it is within reach, for when the trumpet sounds it will be too late to begin to lay up for the year of rest. Now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation (2 Cor.6:2). To neglect this rich, plenteous summer period, we shall starve when the faithful are feasting on abundance. But . . . IF we work hard now, we shall have an ample portion. No Christian effort will ever be lost.
What abundant treasures have some of them garnered in! Now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation. Heaven shall be the everlasting year of their rest. How the soul will leap when the trump shall sound to come and feast upon them forever. There shall be set before us what has been kept for us, and cause us to feast upon "fat things full of marrow" (Isa.25:6) with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the saints of God, without interruption and without end.
Hail to the blessed year of jubilee! Hail to the bright year of God's redeemed. Hail to the year of release for them that sigh. Hail to the year of the exile's return to his home. Hail to the year of rest to them that toil. Hail to the year of finished salvation to the lost! Thank You LORD for opening the prison doors! Thank You LORD for restoring our beloved ones to us. Thank You LORD for the liberation to the bound. The impatient and weary world waits for Thy Coming!
THE LORD SHALL COME!!!
2 Peter 3:3-4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (KJV)
2 Peter 3:8-9 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (KJV)
Millions of saints wait in their dreary graves, impatient for Thee to come!
Rev. 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (KJV)
Moses clearly brings the GOSPEL in the Book of Leviticus!
He brings us a crystal-clear picture of Jesus!
The Gospel most certainly is in Leviticus.
The Gospel IS in the Old Testament
- Exodus 12
- Isaiah 59:1-2
- Isaiah 52:13-53:12
- Isaiah 64:6
- Ezekiel 18:1-4
- Daniel 12:2
Is the Gospel in the Book of Leviticus? YES, it is!!!
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