Jubilee Year Cycle (49 or 50?)

The Jubilee Year of the Bible is important to understand properly if you want to understand the Biblical Calendar, and with it Bible prophecy and what it holds for the future. But few people do. Some think it is 50 years, some 49 years. Find out the truth now.

After the Sabbath year, the Jubilee year is the only other special reoccurring year in Scripture. It is basically a week of Sabbath years, following the same pattern as the Sabbath day and Sabbath year cycles, with one difference explained below:

Leviticus 25:8-10 (HCSB) — 8 “You are to count seven sabbatic years, seven times seven years, so that the time period of the seven sabbatic years amounts to 49. 9 Then you are to sound a trumpet loudly in the seventh month, on the tenth [day] of the month; you will sound it throughout your land on the Day of Atonement. 10 You are to consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim freedom in the land for all its inhabitants. It will be your Jubilee, when each of you is to return to his property and each of you to his clan.

This confusing passage leaves you wondering if the cycle spoken of is 49 or 50 years long. Most people understand it to mean 50, but this view actually breaks Scripture: the requirement that Jubilees follow every seventh Sabbath year. A Jubilee cycle of 50 years falls out of sync with the Sabbath year cycle since 50 is not a multiple of seven. It falls at the right place for the first Jubilee but with each subsequent Jubilee cycle it drifts a year later each time. Only a Jubilee on a 49-year cycle stays in sync (7 x 7 = 49). In the chart below you can see the Sabbath years in gray and directly after each 7th Sabbath year black marks for the correct 49-year Jubilees. The supposed 50-year Jubilee in red can be found at the 50 and 100 year marks. The first one coincides with the 49-year Jubilee but notice the gap between the second 50-year Jubilee (at the 100 year mark) and the 7th Sabbath year. That gap breaks Scripture.

So why does the Bible refer to the Jubilee as a 50th year? Because the Jubilee is based on and derived directly from the Sabbath year cycle, or specifically counting seven Sabbath year cycles = 49 years. By saying to hallow the 50th year, it makes it clear that it is the year following every seventh Sabbath year. It also makes it clear that the Jubilee is not ever the same year as a Sabbath year nor is it on a separate sequence coming every 50th year. It is the 50th year counting from the last Jubilee because it is is using inclusive reckoning in its counting. If you count normally from the last Jubilee and do not include the year you are counting from, but mark it as 0, then you get 49 years between Jubilees.

This means each Jubilee is really the first year of the first Sabbath year cycle of the next Jubilee cycle. In other words, the Jubilee year does not interrupt the Sabbath year cycle, but is always followed by the second year of that Sabbath year cycle. In this way, every Sabbath year remains a multiple of seven years away from any other Sabbath year in history.

The Twist: How the Jubilee Year is like Pentecost Day

That leads to the small difference I referred to above. If the Jubilee were to follow exactly the pattern of the Sabbath day and Sabbath year cycles, then the Jubilee would happen on the 7th Sabbath year, or 49th year, itself, as a “Sabbath year of Sabbath years”. Instead, it makes the following year, the 50th year, special, in effect giving you a double Sabbath year every seventh time (fields rest in years 49 and 50). This is why it emphasizes the number 50, to differentiate it from the preceding 49th year—not because it is a “50-year cycle”!

By the way, this mirrors the Pentecost “omer count” cycle from the Torah. After counting seven weeks from the morning after the Sabbath falling during Passover week, you end up with a double Sabbath day on that weekend when Pentecost falls: the 49th day is always Saturday or Sabbath day and the 50th day of Pentecost is always a Sunday. Further, there is similarly no instruction to restart the Sabbath day cycle after the day of Pentecost. In other words, Pentecost is always followed by Monday, not a second Sunday or new first day of the week that is eight days from the first day of the last week. With this additional parallel witness we can be sure that the Sabbath year cycle, like the Sabbath day cycle, is an unbroken sequence of years and multiples of seven years apart from each other. Likewise the Jubilee must be every 49 years, not 50. (Note: This article is excerpted from the book Know the Future.)

Update: See my expanded comments on this topic at my blog on a 50 Year Jubilee: Six Required Years of Planting?

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Dark Phoenix 2040 - November 22, 2022

Sorry, you’re incorrect.

The only true timeline is the one encoded within the dimensions of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

2040 is the return of Phoenix (138 year cycle) in mid May.
2046 is return of Nibiru on 1st November (792 year cycle. 60 years inside inner system, 732 years beyond)

The chronological works of Jason Breshears lays it all out with DATA and THOUSANDS of sources.

Where are yours?

Also, Nostradamus encodes the 138 year phoenix cycle in his quatrains (Mario Reading)

Mother Shipton, too

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    Tim based his timeline on the Words of God alone. You may check it up yourself. After all, God’s words are freely available and verifiable by all who would seek Him.

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Jennifer - May 17, 2019


You are correct about a lot of stuff, but the USA is not Babylon as the WHOLE WORLD is currently in “spiritual Babylon!” The USA is Ephraim -the lead northern tribe of the house of Israel in the LATTER days that got the zenith birthright blessings of Abraham (proven from the moons we’ve had that cross in America ONLY in 2017 and 2024) and the UK is Manasseh/the great people/Great Britain-the older brother. God Bless! There’s a guy named Rick Gideon and also another gentleman named Jospeh Dumons that breaks it all down and proves it!

    Tim McHyde - May 17, 2019

    Jennifer, I agree the US is Ephraim and the UK is Manasseh.=) However tells us who they came from primarily, not who they are prophetically. America/Ephraim is many things in prophecy: Daniel’s eagle’s wings, Jeremiah’s Daughter Babylon, and Revelation’s Babylon the Great.

Mem - June 27, 2017

Hi Tim – Regarding the Jubilee year. How do you explain this passage?

Leviticus 25:22
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.

The passage had just stated previously that they shall not sow or reap in the Jubilee year, yet it says here that they are expected to “sow in the eighth year”

The eighth year can only be interpreted as the year following the seventh year Sabbath year. So how can the Jubilee year be the first year of the next cycle following the Sabbath year (the eighth year)? It seems the only possibility is that when a Jubilee is applicable it must be co-observed and overlap with the 7th year Sabbath year. There is no other year (the sixth or the eighth or the ninth) that the Jubilee can be on if the verse specifically expects them to sow in the eighth year.

    Tim McHyde - June 27, 2017

    Mem, For sure, the Jubilee (“50th year” – Lev 25:10) is not the same as the Sabbath year (“49th year” or “7th Sabbath year” – Lev 25:8) otherwise the instruction you already noted saying, “don’t plant in Jubilee years” (Lev 25:11) would be redundant and make no sense given (under your thinking) it’s already a Sabbath year that it was already said in the same chapter not to sow.

    As for not “planting in the eighth year,” I think you missed that the discussion of the Jubilee leaves off with Lev 25:17 and is interrupted in Lev 25:18 with a parenthetical discussion about lack of faith in God’s provision when keeping 7th/Sabbath years (not Jubilee years). These come much more frequently and are much more pressing on people’s minds than Jubilee. (After all, a Jubilee will only happen once or twice in a person’s lifetime.) Under normal, non-Jubilee conditions, or six out of seven times, the eighth year is not a Jubilee, but a normal year they can plant. A rare Jubilee year situation in the 8th year is not being addressed here.

    Hope this helps.

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