Jerusalem Desolated Seventy Years
Nebuchadnezzar, after blinding King Zedekiah, deported
him and the people to Babylonia, and utterly destroyed Jerusalem and its
Temple with fire. The Bible says that the city lay desolate for seventy
Those seventy years of desolation of Jerusalem are
Scripturally declared to have been a punishment upon the Israelites for
not properly keeping their Jubilee years, which God had appointed them.
Every fiftieth year was to be a Jubilee year, when all debts expired and
all property was to be returned to its original owner--typifying the
coming "Times of Restitution." (Acts 3:19-21.) But the
Israelites, like all other peoples, were selfish. They knew that this
observance would mean loss. Hence they kept these Jubilee Sabbaths very
imperfectly for awhile, and gradually discontinued them.
God explains that the seventy years' desolation
following the taking of the Israelites into captivity was a substitute for
the whole number of Jubilee years. This we read was, "to fulfil the
word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her
Sabbaths; for so long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfil
threescore and ten years."-- 2 Chronicles 36:21; Jeremiah 25:11.
Bible students reason that if the entire number of
Jubilees was to be seventy, and if the Jubilee cycles were forty-nine
years each, then seventy cycles from the time the Jubilees were instituted
would mark the beginning of the Antitypical Jubilee--the "Times of
Restitution." This they reckon somewhere about the year A.D. 1874.
Many hold that we are living in the time when the Antitypical Jubilee is
being inaugurated; mankind will return gradually to all their rights and
privileges for a thousand years. The present social unrest is incidental
to the great change. We are living in the beginning of the New Era.
Growing intelligence is bringing emancipation, and shortly the Messianic
Kingdom will multiply the blessings and wipe out the curse.--Revelation
Blowing Jubilee Trumpets