|May 17, 2017|
A Fifty Year Event
The Number “Fifty” is significant in Scripture. In Hebrew culture, every fiftieth year was a year of Jubilee when liberty was proclaimed throughout the land. Debts were released, everyone received back their original property and slaves were released to their families.
Establishment of Nations
It was fifty days after the Passover, when the children of Israel were spared judgement and released from slavery in Egypt, that God gave the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai. The commandments represented a constitution of sorts, which transformed the people of Israel from a group of slaves to a nation.
The Feast of Pentecost, also called Shavuot, is celebrated on the 50th day after Passover, to commemorate the giving of the Law at Sinai and the establishment of the nation of Israel. It is interesting that the scripture, “Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land” from Leviticus 25:10, is inscribed on America’s Liberty Bell.
Acts Chapter 2 records another significant event which occurred on this feast of Pentecost. It was then that the Holy Spirit was poured out and the Law of God was written, not on stone, but on the hearts of 120 people who were waiting for it. This event marks the birth of the Church and the creation of a new nation. Peter says of this new people, “...you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation...” (1 Peter 2:9).
It is notable that this is the fiftieth year since Israel won the Six-Day War, took control of the West Bank and Jerusalem came under Israel’s control. It is also notable that 50 years prior to that event, in 1917, British forces won the Battle of Jerusalem in operations against the Ottoman Empire. This marked the first time Jerusalem had been under non-Muslim rule since 1244 AD. Britain held Jerusalem until 1948, when Israel again became a recognized nation.
What will happen in Israel at this fifty year interval? We will have to wait and see, but it surely has to do with Jerusalem once again being recognized as the capital of Israel. On May 16th a letter signed by approximately 60 Christian leaders, representing 60 Million Christians across America, was delivered to President Trump. The following is from Mat Staver’s website (LC.org):
The letter states, "The time has come, at long last, to uphold American law by moving the U.S. Embassy to Israel's eternal indivisible capital city of Jerusalem." Referencing the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, the letter noted that Congress had recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and called for the U.S. Embassy to be moved there by May 31, 1999. On October 23, 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. The law passed the Senate by 93-5 and the House by 374-37. Yet the law was never implemented because of opposition from former Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama.
President Trump will arrive in Jerusalem next week and visit the Western Wall. We are living in amazing times.
We are approaching this feast of Pentecost, which in fall on May 31. We should be watchful and expectant that, once again, we are about to see the mighty hand of God bring a great victory for His people.