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Jubilee Explained by a Messianic Jew

jdLet's talk about Jubilee for a moment...
In Judaism, the festivals (moedim-appointed times) foreshadows things to come -much how Yeshua fulfilled Passover. (Colossians 3:16-17). We first see the festival of Jubilee in Leviticus 25. In Leviticus 25:9 we see the mention of a "loud" (or lit. "great) "trumpet" that declares the forgiveness of debts for the Covenant people of god and liberty throughout the land of Israel. In 25:3 the Covenant Keepers return to their homes in Israel from afar. Rabbis foresee this as the resurrection of Israel in the age of diaspora. The prophets speak of this theme, too, along with the "great trumpet". E.g., Isaiah 27:12-13 and Ezekiel 37:1-13).
Yeshua connects his return with the sounding of the loud (or lit. "great" trumpet in Matthew 24:29-31. This is the year of Jubilee. Paul picks up on this theme first in his discourse about the resurrection when speaking in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. Paul, as did all of Israel then, spoke of the Jubilee using the circumlocations "load, great, last, and the Trumpet".
In circa 49-51 A.D., false teachers were going around and claiming that this resurrection | Jubilee already happened with the rising of Yeshua into heaven. (cf. Matthew 27:51-53 with 2 Timothy 2:16-18. Paul puts there worries to rest in Thessalonians 4:13-18. Note in verse 16, Paul connects the resurrection with "the Trumpet". This Trumpet is the Jubilee when all of our debts are forgiven Matthew 6:12.
Many in Christianity are taught that we all will go into heaven, according to 1 Thess. 4:17. This is not the case. The kingdom of God and the Messianic Age will be on earth. (Matthew 6:10; Revelation 21:2). When Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 that the Saints will be caught up in the clouds, he is again drawing on the words of Isaiah 60:8: "Who are these that fly like a cloud and like doves to their windows?" Isaiah is speaking of the regathering of God's people.
Yeshua explains our destination in his parable about the weeds in Matthew 13:36-43, rebuilding a righteous Israel.
In conclusion, the great Jubilee is a "Sabbath". In Hebrew the word means "rest" (shabbat). This is why Yeshua is known as our "rest" and the author of Hebrews says, "...there remains a Sabbath Rest (Jubilee) for the people of God." (Hebrews 4:8-10). Meaning, the great Jubilee has yet to occur- putting to rest the fears of those who think the resurrection already happened.
Of course, this is a very superficial explanation. The whole study is very beautiful and inspiring. I pray it helps you understand my belief on the topic.
I am pleased to hear you are not a believer in the pagan-based trinitarian doctrine. You are correct. Sadly so many otherwise faithful and sincere believers have no knowledge about the source of some of the doctrines they believe in - like the Trinity. They merely trust in what they're told by ministers without really investigating God's Word to confirm their truthfulness. This ids how the devil divides us. He tried the same thing with Yeshua in the wilderness when he tested Him. That whole encounter was about the true understanding of God's Word. Some liken the encounter to theological differences between the materialist and corrupt Sadducees and the Pharisees. Contrary to what traditional Christianity teaches, Yeshua did not say the Pharisees where wrong. He did rebuke a handful of Pharisees who were corrupt. Those that were not corrupt, Yeshua ordered us to obey. Matthew 23:1-3. Paul never denounce being a Pharisee, either. Acts 23:6: Philippians 3:6.

God and Yeshua are ONE

jdI just received your letter moments go.  For some reason it took a long time to forward to my new location.  I had received a little setback and I was transferred to another IPC (Intensive Patient Care) facility  at the Tucson prison.  I am feeling better the past weeks now.  I'm on a lot of medication for pain which is an addition to my normal truckload of other meds for my heart, blood pressure, thyroid, etc., etc.  I'm comfortable. 🙂  I also have a few perks at my new location. A nice motorized hospital bed that is adjustable- it sure beets the hard narrow flat medal back beds.  I also have a computer next to my bed that I got by order of  the court in my lawsuit to review court documents on.  Sadly it does not have internet.  Boo.  The nurses and doctors are very nice.  Food is better.  Despite it all, I miss being with my friends and being able to fellowship.  Shabbat is so important to me.

It sound like you had a wonderful Jubilee retreat.  Praise God!  Did you know that Yeshua is expected to return on a Jubilee according to the Scripture?Paul made an allusion to it in 1Thess. 4:13-17 when he mentions the "Great Trumpet" blast.  The sounding of the "great" trumpet is according to the Torah, the forgiveness of debts and the call for the people of the covenant to return.  It is a beautiful and very powerful teaching.

Do you know the true meaning of the Hebrew "Shalom"?  It is much more than "peace".  It is the single most diverse Hebrew word that summarized means to be whole | complete in God.  To be tranquil and comforted by the presence of God.

I don't think you truly understand my view about God and Messiah.  There is a misunderstanding, it seems.  I do not believe that God and Yeshua are separate- or at least in clinical terms.  They are very much ONE.  The Jewish understanding of oneness is however a little different than the gentile understanding.  I promise I will provide you with my view on the subject soon.

Yes, Messianic very much believe in Divine Healing.  It is a very big part of the Gospel message.  I am always open to read any material you believe can be helpful.  Again, thank you.  I am blessed.  As for health issues, it is not diabetes.  I have a laundry list of health issues.I have heart , blood pressure, thyroid, and central apnea problems.  I'm a train wreck.  My problems stem from poor prison health care.  I'm fighting for my life right now. Literally.

Compared to Messianic Jews

jdI bet we have a lot more in common than you believe. Even if we don't share some things in common it's OK. We have plenty else in common. Christ is the great uniter:) How about we try something...When ever we write each other, we ask one another a question about the Bible?
In Genesis 1:3 it reads "And God said , "Let there be light",and there was light."
What is your church's understanding of verse 3 in light of verse 14 that says that God created light on the forth day too? I don't honestly know whether your view is similar to Jewish teaching. I'm curious. [Ed.-I had just learned that Messianic Jews also believe that Jesus and the Word are the same. This is the first thing that we really had in common.]