BIN News: “And you shall sanctify the fiftieth year, and proclaim freedom [for slaves] throughout the land for all who live on it. It shall be a Jubilee for you, and you shall return, each man to his property, and you shall return, each man to his family.” (Leviticus 25:10).
After a full year of deliberation, the Nascent Sanhedrin has announced that this year is the first year in the counting of the 50-year Jubilee cycle. This not only reinstates a Biblical commandment, but it has implications for Israel’s status as a Biblically-mandated nation, returning the land to the Jews and ensuring each Jew an inheritance in the land.
The Jubilee (Hayovel in Hebrew) is a Biblical commandment that is observed exclusively in the land of Israel. It is the fiftieth year that comes after a period of seven sabbaticals. The year triggers a number of Biblical commandments concerning property rights and returning the land to its original inheritors, the Jews who were allocated the land by lottery. Debts were forgiven and slaves who sold themselves due to debt were set free.”
Opinion: On October 13, 2004, the Sanhedrin Council of the Jewish nation was reconstituted for the first time in 1600 years.
The Sanhedrin (sitting together) is the name given in the mishna to the council of seventy-one Jewish sages who constituted the supreme court and legislative body in Judea during the Roman period.
It continued to function for more than four hundred years after the destruction of the Temple in AD 70, and there have been several orthodox attempts to re-establish it since that time. The current attempt to re-establish the Sanhedrin is generally referred to as the “nascent Sanhedrin“, or the “developing Sanhedrin”.
Shemittah/Jubilee years 1916-18:
- The Shemittah Year is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle
- The Jubilee (5oth) year follows the 7th Shemittah when land is returned to its rightful owners.
The 1916/17 Shemittah year was followed by the 1917/18 Jubilee year.
The Balfour Declaration was signed in November 2, 1917 declaring the land to be returned to the Jewish people. On December 11, 1917, Jerusalem was liberated from the Ottoman Empire.
Shemittah/Jubilee years 1965-67:
Similarly, during the 1965/66 Shemittah year, followed by the 1966/67 Jubilee year, Jerusalem was liberated from Arab control (June 11, 1967).
Shemittah years/Jubilee years 2015-17:
Theory: The 1917 Balfour Declaration declared 7 times the land that Israel now occupies. The prophetic war of Psalm 83 (a victory over 10 of Israel’s neighbors) could provide a return to all the land promised in the Balfour letter, in preparation for the war of Gog and Magog, and an end of the scattering that began in AD 70 when all Jews will return to the land (Ezekiel 39:28).