"ADON, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"
We are still in the season of the counting of the Omer, between Pesach and Shavuot. The command incumbent on every Israelite, (it is expressed in Hebrew in the second person plural) is to count seven Sabbaths of weeks plus one day, which equals fifty days (Leviticus 23:15-16). The commandment to count the days of the Omer to Shavuot/Pentecost sounds very similar to the commandments of counting the years to the jubilee. The High-Priest (the command is given to Moses in the second person singular form) is to count seven weeks of years or forty-nine years, then to declare the fiftieth year jubilee (Leviticus 25:8-10). This declaration is made in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur. The counting of the jubilee has been all but lost. Many people are trying to piece it together and we have now some ideas of where we’re at, but even so, the command is not practicable at this time.
It is the duty of the High Priest to count off the jubilee. At this point in time, we do not have a physical High Priest because we do not have a physical temple. The commandment also requires that all lands be returned to their previous owners, all debts be forgiven and slaves liberated. Today’s slavery has to do with being owned by someone to whom we ought money (Proverbs 22:7). I don’t think that the financial systems of today are very well geared to these practices. Can you imagine all debts being forgiven, lands returned, etc …?. Israel already had a hard time with it when it was under Rome; it would impossible today!
Another problem with the jubilee is that land is to be returned to its original tribal owners. From early time there was a prohibition that the land should be perpetually sold. It could be used as collateral for awhile, but it eventually needed to be returned. It is not our land to do as we please with; it is His (Leviticus 25:23)!. Because of this the sages declared that all Israel needed to be present for the great jubilee to be practiced. Today because of the long exile, we don’t even know people’s tribal descendance. Man learning about D.N.A. has started the process, but we a far from finding all Israel. Messiah is the One supposed to gather all the tribes (Acts 1:6), so it was ruled that the great jubilee will happen at the coming of Messiah. We know that before He comes back (Revelations 19:11-16), 144.000 believers from all the tribes will have been sealed in His Name (Revelations 7; 14:1-5). They are the firstfruits from all the allegeable tribes, therefore they are the redeemed representatives for the redemption of all the tribes of Israel, making it allegeable for the jubilee of the Land.
Yeshua will surely return to gather His people and return the Land to its rightful owners: Israel. He is the Kinsman Redeemer. As Boaz redeemed Ruth and thereby returned the land to Naomi, Yeshua also redeems us (The Book of Ruth). On that Day there will also be a wedding and the Land will be returned to Israel (Revelations 19:9). It will truly be the jubilee of all jubilees. May it be soon Abba, even in our days!