“The Times of Restitution of All Things” Foretold by Moses —
The Date of Their Beginning
Indicated — They Cannot Begin Until the Great Restorer
Has Come — Evidence from the Law — Corroborative
Testimony from the Prophets
— Logical Conclusions Drawn from these as Separately
and Unitedly Considered — Harmony of Present Indications.
“Verily, I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or
one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled.”
is only when we recognize the typical character of God’s dealings with
Israel that we can rightly appreciate the wonderful history of that
people, or understand why their history, in preference to that of all
other nations, is so particularly recorded by the Prophets and the New
Testament writers. In them,
as the New Testament writers show, God has given striking illustrations of
his plans, both for the Church and for the world.
Their Tabernacle service, so minutely prescribed in the divinely
given Law, with its bleeding beasts and all its peculiar appointments,
their festivals and holy days, their Sabbaths, and all their ceremonies,
as types pointed forward to antitypes, larger, higher and grander far than
those shadows. And the
Apostle Paul assures us that those antitypes will be laden with blessings
for mankind, when he says that the
Law foreshadowed “GOOD THINGS to
come” (Heb. 10:1; 8:5; Col. 2:17); while our
Lord, in the above expression, assures us that all the good things
foreshadowed are sure of fulfilment.
in considering types, we should carefully avoid the error of many
well-meaning people, who, when they begin to see that there are
significant types in the Scriptures run to the extreme of treating every
Bible character and incident as typical, and are thus led into error by
mere curiosity and ingenuity. On
no such unsafe ground do we build when examining the ceremonies of the
Jewish Law, given specially as types and declared by the apostles to be
such. Nor can we afford to let these types pass without due consideration
and careful study of the lessons they teach, any more than we can afford
to spend time in speculating, and in building faith upon mere conjecture.
our Lord said that not one jot or tittle of the Law should pass away until
fulfilled, he referred not only to the fulfilling of its covenant
obligations for all under that Law Covenant, finishing its hold upon them,
by meeting its demands against them in full with his own life, but he
meant more than this: He meant, further, that all the blessings expressed
in it typically would also be sure of fulfilment upon an antitypical
In all the Jewish ceremonies, God caused no type to be made which
will prove meaningless, or pass unfulfilled; and the observance of
all types was kept up until their fulfilment at
All types must be continually repeated until
their antitypes appear; for the keeping of a type is not the
fulfilling of it.
The fulfilling is reached where the type
ceases, being displaced by the reality, the antitype.
for instance, the slaying of the paschal lamb was fulfilled in the death
of Christ, the “Lamb of God,” and there began the special blessing
upon the antitypical firstborn, the believers of the Gospel age.
The blessing, foreshadowed in that type, is not yet completely
fulfilled, though the fulfilment began with the death of Christ,
our Passover Lamb.
In like manner, every ceremony prescribed in
the Law proves to be full of typical significance.
the particularity with which the observance of every detail of the types
was enforced throughout the Jewish age gives emphasis to our Lord’s
words quoted above—that every minute particular, every jot and tittle,
must be as particularly fulfilled as it was carefully enforced in the
ceremonies of the Law.
this chapter we propose to examine that typical feature of the Mosaic Law
known as the Jubilee, and to show that it was intended to foreshadow the
great Restitution, the recovery of mankind from the fall, to be
accomplished in the Millennial age; that in its character it was an
illustration of the coming Restitution; and that in the manner of its
reckoning it furnishes time regulations which, when understood and
applied, indicate clearly the
time for the beginning of
the antitype, the “Restitution of all things.” Acts 3:19-21
the Jubilee was a part of the Law, and since repeating does not fulfil it,
and since our Lord declared that the type could not pass away without
fulfilment; and moreover, since we know that no such restitution of all
things as that foretold “by all the holy prophets since the world
began,” and prefigured in this type, has ever yet occurred, we know that
it must be fulfilled in the future.
year of Jubilee was a Sabbath of rest and refreshing, both to the people
and to the land which God gave them.
It was the chief of a series of Sabbaths or rests.*
They had a Sabbath day every seventh day; and once every year these typical Sabbath
days reached a climax—i.e.,
cycle of seven of these Sabbaths, thus marking a period of forty-nine
x 7 = 49), was followed
by a Jubilee
day, the fiftieth day (Lev. 23:15,16), known among the
Jews as Pentecost. It was a day of rejoicing and thanksgiving.
*The word “Sabbath,”
Sabbath year occurred every seventh year. In it the land was allowed to rest and no crops were to be
climax of these Sabbath (rest) years was reached in the same
manner as the Pentecost or fiftieth day-Sabbath. Seven of the
Sabbath years, embracing a period of seven times seven years, or forty-nine
years (7 x 7 = 49),
constituted a cycle of Sabbath years; and the year following, the
FIFTIETH YEAR, WAS THE YEAR OF JUBILEE.
us examine the account of it and mark its fitness as an illustration of
the great millennium of restitution.
Israel came into Canaan, the land was divided among them by lot, according
to their tribes and families. Success thereafter might increase, or
adversity decrease, their individual possessions, as the case might be.
If a man became involved in debt, he might be obliged to sell a
part or even all of his property, and with his family go into servitude.
But God made a bountiful provision for the unfortunate: He arranged that
such adverse circumstances might not continue forever, but that all their
accounts—credits and debts—must be reckoned only to the Jubilee Year,
when all must be freed from old encumbrances, etc., to make a fresh start
for the next term of fifty years.*
somewhat similar arrangement under a Bankrupt Law has been found
expedient in our day and land, thus endorsing the principle then
enunciated. Nor does it
follow, that a cancellation of debt every fifty
years, and the Jewish
form, would serve us
better than the methods of today; for in
their case, the time, circumstances, etc., were not specially for themselves,
their convenience, and their circumstances, but specially
as prophetic figures and
lessons relating to God’s plan in its future development.
every fiftieth year, counting from the time of their entrance into Canaan,
was to Israel a year of Jubilee, a time of rejoicing and restitution, in
which broken families were reunited and lost homesteads were restored.
No wonder that it was called a Jubilee.
If property had been sold for debt, it was to be considered merely
as a grant of such property until the Jubilee year; and the price it would
bring if sold depended on whether the coming Jubilee was near or far
account of this observance is found in Leviticus 25. Verses 10 to 15 read
“Ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty
throughout all the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof.
It is a Jubilee unto you, and ye shall
return every man unto his possession and ye shall return every man
unto his family....
And if thou sell aught to thy neighbor, or
buyest aught of thy neighbor’s hand, ye shall not oppress one
According to the number of years after the
Jubilee thou shalt buy of thy neighbor, and according unto the
number of years of the fruits he shall sell unto thee.
According to the multitude of the years thou
shalt increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of
the years thou shalt diminish the price of it.”
arrangement provided by God through their leader and typical mediator,
Moses, though itself a blessed boon, foreshadowed a still greater blessing
which God had in view—the release of all mankind from the debt of sin
and its bondage and servitude, through Christ our Lord, the greater
Mediator and Deliverer, whom Moses typified. (Deut. 18:15)
It was thus, in types, that Moses wrote of Christ and the blessings
to come through him (John 5:46; 1:45)—the Great Restitution and Jubilee
to come to all the race, now groaning under the bondage of corruption and
slavery to Sin.
If the shadow brought happiness and joy to the typical people, the
substance, the real restitution, will cause boundless joy and will
indeed be a grand Jubilee to all people—all the world, including
Israel, being typified by that people, even as their priesthood
represented the Church, the “royal priesthood.”
if we were not definitely informed, what would be more reasonable than to
surmise that the same infinite love which provided for the temporary
welfare of Israel, a “stiff-necked generation,” would much more make
provision for the lasting welfare of the whole world, which God so loved
as to redeem while yet sinners? And here it may be well to note what will be more fully shown
hereafter, that while in one aspect the Israelites were typical of the
believers of the Gospel age, in another they represented all who, in any
age, shall believe God and accept his leading. And in this character we
are now viewing them. Their
covenant, sealed with the blood of bulls and goats, was typical of the New
Covenant, sealed with the precious blood of Christ, under which the
reconciling of the world shall be effected in the next age.
day of atonement and its sin-offerings, though in type to
that people, and for their sins only, typified the
“better sacrifices” and the actual atonement “for
the sins of the whole world.”
But note that the Jubilee
applied not to Israel’s priesthood (typical of the
Gospel Church), but to the others
only; for the priesthood was given no possessions,
and hence could neither lose any nor have any restored.
The Jubilee was for all the
people except the priestly tribe, and hence typifies, not
those blessings which are to come to the Church, the
“Royal Priesthood,” but the restitution
blessings—earthly blessings—in due time to come to all
those who become believers in and followers of God.
teaching of this type is in perfect accord with what we
have learned in our examination of the divine Plan of the
It points unmistakably to “The
Times of Restitution of all things, spoken by the mouth of
all the holy prophets since the world began.”
was one of the prophets; and here particularly he speaks to us of the coming restitution of man’s first
estate and liberty, long lost, sold under sin.
By the failure of our first parents all was lost: all rights were
forfeited, and all became slaves to the tyrant Sin and were unable to free
themselves. The family circle
has been sadly broken by the bondage of corruption—death.
Thank God for the promised time of release!
The Jubilee is at hand, and soon the captives of Death and slaves
of Sin shall have back their first estate, perfect manhood, and their
first inheritance, the earth—the gift of God through Jesus Christ, the
mediator and ratifier of the New Covenant.
in the typical Jubilee Year many restored liberties and blessings
were at once entered upon, yet probably most of the year was
required to straighten out affairs and get each one fully
installed again in all his former liberties, rights and
So, too, with the antitype, the Millennial age
It will open with sweeping reforms, with
the recognition of rights, liberties and possessions long lost
sight of; but the work of completely restoring (to the obedient) all
that was originally lost will require all of that age of
restitution—a thousand years.
is certain that no antitype of the Jubilee answering to the features of
this type has yet occurred; and, on the strength of our Lord’s
assertion, we are equally sure that the type could not pass away
unfulfilled: “It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than for one
tittle of the Law to fail.” (Luke 16:17)
But, apparently, this feature
of the Law has failed. As a
matter of fact, the type, which was observed regularly every fiftieth year
as long as the Israelites were in their own land, has not been observed
since their captivity in Babylon. Apparently, therefore,
this feature of the Law did “pass away” without even beginning a fulfilment.
What shall we answer in the face of this apparent contradiction of
the Lord’s statement? But
is it really so? or can any antitype of the Jubilee be found, beginning
where the last observance of the typical Jubilee ended?
Yes, we answer; a clearly defined antitype had its beginning at
that exact point, and on a larger and grander scale, as antitypes always
are. We see, by actual
fulfilment, that the cycles,
as well as the Jubilee Years in which they culminated, were included in
the type; and that the same method
by which the typical Jubilee was pointed out (by multiplying) was to be
observed in calculating the time for the antitype—Earth’s Great
the last typical Jubilee had been observed and had passed away, the
great cycle began to count, the close of which will usher
in the antitypical Jubilee or Restitution age.
have already referred to the method of counting the Sabbaths—that the
multiplying of the Sabbath or seventh day by seven (7 x 7 = 49) pointed
out Pentecost, the Jubilee Day which followed; and the multiplying of the
seventh year by seven (7 x 7 = 49) made the cycle which pointed out and
led to the fiftieth or Jubilee Year.
And the same system carried out would indicate that to reach the
great antitype which we seek we should in like manner square the
Jubilee—i.e., multiply the fiftieth year by fifty.
That is to say, the antitypical cycle, by the method of multiplying
here taught us, should be reckoned by multiplying the typical Jubilee or
fiftieth Sabbath year by fifty, just as in reaching it we multiplied the
seventh year Sabbath by seven. Lev. 25:2-13
this divinely indicated method of reckoning, wonderful results open before
us, which assure us that we have the correct key and are using it as was
intended by him who formed this treasure-casket.
Fifty times fifty years gives the long period of twenty-five
hundred years (50 x 50 = 2500), as the length of that great cycle, which began to
count when Israel’s last typical Jubilee ended, and which must culminate
in the great antitypical Jubilee. We
know that such a cycle must have begun
to count where the type ceased; because, if not one jot or tittle
of the Law could pass away without a fulfilment at least commencing, then
the Jubilee type, which was far more than a jot or tittle, indeed a large
and important feature of the Law, would not have been permitted to pass
away until the right time for its antitype to begin.
That the antitype of the Jubilee did not in any sense begin when
the Israelites ceased to observe it, is evident; hence that a grand cycle
began to count then, we may be
certain. The new, long cycle
began there, though Israel and all the world are ignorant both of the fact
that a great cycle has been counting and also of the great antitypical
Jubilee by which it will be terminated.
We are not to look for the great Jubilee of Jubilees to begin after this cycle, but as
the antitype to take the place of the fiftieth or last Jubilee of the
antitype never follows
but takes its place upon the same date.
Hence the 2500th year, which would be the great 50th Jubilee,
must be the antitype, the real Jubilee or Restitution.
But instead of being a year, as in the type, it will be larger; it
will be the beginning of the great thousand-year Jubilee—the Millennium.
Just so it has been in the fulfilment of every type in which time was a feature.
Thus the Pentecostal outpouring of the holy Spirit came upon the
typical day of Pentecost—or fiftieth day.
Christ, our Passover sacrifice, died in the same night in which the
typical lamb was appointed to be killed—a day before or a day after
would not answer. So here,
not the year after nor the year before the 2500th, or closing of the
typical cycle, would do; but that very year, beginning October, 1874, must
have begun the antitype of Restitution times.
observance of the type could not cease until the great cycle (50 x 50)
began to count. The important
point to be ascertained, then, is the exact
date when the last typical Jubilee was observed by Israel.
With that date definitely established, it becomes a very simple
matter to count the great cycle of fifty times fifty or twenty-five
hundred years, and thus locate definitely the date of the beginning of the
great Jubilee of Earth—the “Times of Restitution of all things.”
we must look for the beginnings only of this stupendous work of restoring
all things. The
first few days in the typical Jubilee Year would see comparatively little
accomplished; and so we must expect in the first few years in the dawning
of the great Millennial Jubilee to see but little accomplished.
The first work in the typical Jubilee Year would
naturally be a searching out of former rights and possessions and the
ascertaining of present lacks. Tracing
the parallel of this, we should expect in the antitype just what we now
see going on all about us; for, as will shortly be shown, we have already
entered upon the great antitypical Jubilee period, and have been in it
since October, A.D. 1874. What
do we see about us? We see
investigation on the part of the people of their original, God-given
inheritance, and their present lacks, rights, etc., many in ignorance and
selfishness claiming what others have; and the attempt to hold on to as
much as possible on the part of those who have possession—causing
disputes, controversies, strikes and lock-outs, with more or less justice
and injustice on both sides, which must finally be left to Christ’s
adjudication, as disputes under the Law were settled by Moses, and after
his death by those who sat in Moses’ seat. (Matt. 23:2) With these fixed
conclusions and expectations, let us seek the date which God evidently hid
for us in this type, “that we might know the things freely given unto us
of God,” now due to be understood.
have no direct Bible record of Israel’s observance of their typical
Jubilees which would show which was the last one observed.
We fix upon the date for the Jubilee immediately preceding the
Babylonian captivity and seventy years desolation of their land, as the
last one, for two reasons: First,
It could not have been this side of that desolation,
because there, surely, the type
ceased, “passed away”; for the land being desolate seventy years and
the people in captivity in a foreign land, a Jubilee must have been due
somewhere in the midst of those seventy years and must have gone unobserved.
A glance is sufficient to show that the commands and provisions
relative to the Jubilee Year could not be complied with while they as a
nation were in captivity and the land was desolate.
Hence we say the type either passed away then, or before that
interruption: it could not be this side of it.
And whenever the observance of the type ceased, the cycle of the great antitype must have begun to count. One
such failure to observe the type would indicate that the type had ceased and that
the cycle leading to the antitype had begun.
Besides, never since the Babylonian captivity has Israel had full
control of the land: they and their land have ever since been subject to
In every captivity previous to that one, God evidently delivered them from
their enemies in time to get back into their own land to celebrate the
Jubilee Year, and thus to perpetuate it as a type until the right time for
the great (50 x 50) cycle to begin counting; for
their previous captivities, though frequent, it seems never lasted longer
than forty years, thus permitting them, according to the
Jubilee arrangement, to go free and to receive back every man his
inheritance every Jubilee Year. Besides,
when we shall shortly show that, reckoned from the beginning of the
seventy years desolation under Babylon, the great cycle ends with the year
A.D. 1875, it will be manifest to all that it could not have commenced at
an earlier date, prior to that Babylonian captivity; for if we place it
even one Jubilee earlier, it would locate the termination of the cycle
fifty years earlier than A.D. 1875, namely A.D. 1825; and surely no
Jubilee age of restitution began with that year.
thus that the last typical Jubilee, from which the great (50 x 50) cycle
counts, was not earlier, and could
not be since the captivity in
Babylon, and hence that the one immediately preceding that captivity was
the last typical Jubilee Year, and that at its close the great, silent
cycle began to count, we proceed to locate the exact time of that last
typical Jubilee, thus:
system of year Sabbaths being identified with their land, Canaan, and their
inheritance in it, the first cycle of forty-nine years, leading to the
first Jubilee, should begin to count from the time they entered Canaan.
This reasonable inference is made positive by the Lord’s
words—“When ye come
into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a Sabbath
[observe the Sabbath system] unto the Lord: Six years shalt thou sow thy
field, and six years shalt thou prune thy vineyard and gather in the fruit
thereof; but in the seventh year [from entering the land] shall be a
Sabbath of rest unto the land.” So, then, the cycle of seven times seven, or forty-nine years
(7 x 7 = 49), began to count at
once, and the fiftieth year after entering Canaan was the first
have suggested that as there were six years consumed in war before
the division of the land was finished, therefore the counting of
the Jubilee cycles did not
begin until then. But no, the
land was entered upon when they
crossed over Jordan, and the command reads, “When ye come into
the land,” and not, When ye have divided the land.
It was divided parcel by
parcel during the six years, but they did not get possession
of all of it during those
years, nor for an indefinite time afterward—until the
enemies were driven out, which in some cases was never done. (See Joshua
18:2,3; 17:12,13; 23:4,7,13,15.) Hence,
had they waited for full possession
before beginning to count the cycles, they would never have begun.
It will be seen, by reference to the table of
Chronology, that 969 years elapsed between the entering of Canaan and the
seventy years desolation.
the division of the land........................
of the Judges...........................…...
of the Kings.........….....................
|| 513 years
may know how many Jubilees they had observed up to that time by dividing
969 years by 50. There are 19
fifties in 969, showing that number of Jubilees, and the remaining 19
years show that their nineteenth, which was the last of the typical
Jubilees, occurred just nineteen years before the beginning of the seventy
years of desolation of the land while they were in captivity in Babylon,
and nine hundred and fifty years after entering Canaan.
then, just nineteen years before the “seventy years desolation” of
their land, at the close of their last Jubilee—the nineteenth—the
great cycle of 2500 years (50 x 50 = 2500) began to count; and it becomes a very simple matter to reckon
where those 2500 years terminated, and consequently where the twenty-five
hundredth year, the beginning of the great antitypical Jubilee, began.
the last or nineteenth Jubilee to the beginning of the desolation
of the land................................
of the desolation.....................…………..
the restoration of Israel by Cyrus, to the date known as A.D.
(Anno Domini— the year of our
from their last Jubilee to A.D. 1.......…....
number of years since A.D. 1, necessary to complete the cycle of
the last observed Jubilee—Total................
Jubilee type dates from entering Canaan:
the division of
last Jubilee to the desolation........
of desolation, and captivity of all in Babylon................
Restoration to their land by Cyrus, to A.D. 1..............
year A.D. 1 to A.D. 1875 (Jewish time, beginning Oct.
Thus, the year which began October 1874 was the 2500th year, but
since the antitype is larger than the type—1000 years instead of
one year—1875 (beginning Oct. 1874), instead of being a Jubilee
year was the first of the 1000 years of Jubilee.
we find that the twenty-five hundredth year began with the beginning of the year
A.D. 1875, which in Jewish civil time, by which this is reckoned (Lev.
25:9), began about October 1874. So,
then, if the great Jubilee were to be only a
year, like its type, it would have commenced October, A.D. 1874,
at the end of 2499 years, and would have ended October, A.D. 1875.
this is not the type, but the reality: it was not a Jubilee
Year, but the antitypical Thousand
years of Restitution of all things, which commenced October, A.D.
we see that not only did Israel’s Jubilee clearly and forcibly prefigure
the great “TIMES OF RESTITUTION OF ALL THINGS which God hath spoken by
the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began,” but that also
the manner of its reckoning just as clearly indicates the date of the
beginning of Earth’s Great Jubilee.
If we fail to accept these conclusions, we see no other alternative
than that this type passed away without fulfilment, notwithstanding the
most positive assertions of our Lord that it could not—that it would be
easier for heaven and earth to pass than for one jot or tittle of the Law
to pass away without reaching a fulfilment. (Matt. 5:18)
We accept the facts thus divinely indicated, however astounding the
conclusions which we must reasonably draw therefrom.
what are the reasonable conclusions from these Bible teachings?
Let us consider what must follow, from the standpoint of reason,
and then see if any other scriptures will either warrant or contradict
First, we infer that when the “Times of Restitution” are due
to begin, the presence of the GREAT RESTORER is also due. This
would be a very reasonable inference, but it amounts to much more
than inference when it is endorsed by the Apostle’s positive
inspired statement, that
[appointed] times of refreshing shall come from the
of the Lord [Jehovah],
shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you, whom
the heaven must retain until
TIMES OF RESTITUTION OF ALL THINGS,
God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the
world began.” Acts 3:19-21
word here rendered presence
is not parousia, but prosopon;
the presence, does not signify as
a result of presence,
but rather out
from the face of. The
thought is common to us, and
was much more common in eastern countries long ago: To show the face was a
mark of favor, while to turn the back was a mark of disfavor.
Thus of our Lord at
his first advent it was written, “We hid as it were our faces from
him.” i.e., we were ashamed of and would not acknowledge him.
Thus, too, Jehovah
“would not look upon sin,” and hid his face from sinners.
Now, however, since the ransom
has been given, Jehovah waits to be gracious,
until the appointed time. Then
he will no longer disregard men and
treat them as sinners, turning his back upon them, but will send
them refreshment from his face, his favor, and will send Jesus, his
agent in the restitution of
all things. We have the same
thought in our hymns: “Show
thy reconciled face”; and “Show thy face and all is bright.”
the strength of this inspired statement alone, we have clear
evidence of the fact that our Lord’s second advent was
due when the Times of
Restitution were due to begin, viz., in October, A.D. 1874, as marked by the
It seems evident, indeed, that the
Jubilee, like all other things of that dispensation, was arranged
“for our admonition [our
instruction] upon whom the ends of the ages are come.” (1 Cor.
thing seems clear—if they do not profit us, they have been thus far
almost profitless; for the Scriptures inform us that the Jews never fully and properly observed the type, even during the first
nineteen Jubilees. (Lev. 26:35) They
no doubt found it almost impossible to restrain their love of wealth.
It, like all prophecies and types, was no doubt arranged to cast
light when and where needed on the path of the just—to guide the
“feet” of the body of Christ.
call to mind what was shown in the preceding chapter concerning the manner
of our Lord’s return and appearing, lest you stumble here because of
erroneous ideas on that point. Remember,
that “As the days of Noah were, so shall also the presence
of the Son of man be; for as in the days that were before the flood
shall also the presence of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24:37-39)
Remember, also, what we have already gathered from the inspired
teaching—that only those faithfully watching unto the sure word of
prophecy, and loving and looking for his appearing, will be able
to discern his presence, until he makes it manifest to the world “in
flaming fire, taking vengeance”—in the great time of trouble. The
fact, then, that his
presence is not known and generally recognized by the world, or
even among Christians, is no argument against this truth. The world has no faith in prophecy, and of course cannot see
anything in its light. And lukewarm Christians (and such are the large
majority) are paying no attention to the “sure word of prophecy”; and
many who profess to be watching are reading the prophecies through the
colored glasses of old and long cherished errors, and with their eyes
miserably crossed by prejudice. All
such should go to the Great Physician for some of the “eye salve” or
meekness (Rev. 3:18), and forever discard the colored glasses of the
traditions of men, and all theories of their own and of others which will
not harmonize with every testimony of God’s Word.
neither the world’s ignorance and unbelief nor the lukewarm indifference
and prejudice of the great majority of professed Christians shall prove
stumbling blocks to God’s elect—to those who in simple, child-like
faith accept the testimony of his blessed Word.
Such cannot stumble; nor is it possible that they
should be deceived. By their
faith and God’s leading such will overcome all.
Fear not, precious Jewels of the Lord’s own choosing: lift up
your heads and rejoice, knowing that your deliverance, your exaltation and
glory, draweth nigh. Luke 21:28; 12:32
reasonable expectation, if the Times of Restitution actually began with
October, A.D. 1874, and if our Lord’s second presence was then due,
would be, that those watching should see some distinguishable indications
of what the Scriptures explain to be the
first work of his presence, viz., the harvesting of the fruit of the
Gospel age, the gathering together of his elect (in mental association and
at least some preparatory steps toward the establishment of Christ’s
of these evidences we have already briefly hinted at; but there is so much
to be observed on this point that we must leave its consideration for a
subsequent chapter. The
harvest of the Church is indeed upon us; the wheat is being separated from
affairs in the world are rapidly shaping themselves, making ready for the
permanent establishment of the Redeemer’s Kingdom. The
foretold signs, in the exact manner and order of their prediction, are
made clearly manifest to those watching; but this we leave for the
present—because we wish first to bring other prophetic testimonies to
it to say here that the
sickle in the “harvest” of this age, as in the Jewish “harvest,”
is the truth; and that the “messengers” who use the sickle now are
disciples or followers of the Lord, though many of them now, as then,
realize but slightly the magnitude of the work in which they
the foregoing evidence is strong and clear just as it stands, we now
testimony which proves that we began counting the Great Cycle (50
x 50) at the right point. Our
Heavenly Father knew the fear and trembling with which our faith would
grasp these exceeding great and precious promises, and hence he has
doubled the already strong cord of evidence, furnished in the Law, by
additional testimony through the prophet.
And our dear Redeemer and Lord, who hands us this cord, and whose presence
this testimony points out to us, as he comes to us in the early dawn of
the Millennial Day, seems to say, as he once said to Peter (Matt.
14:25-32), “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Learn that I am a spirit being, no longer visible to human
sight. I thus reveal myself
by the lamp of the Word to the eyes of thine understanding, that as in
coming days I shall walk upon the stormy sea of the world’s unparalleled
trouble, thou needst not fear, but
“Be of good cheer.” Remembering
that it is I, be not afraid.
truly marvelous prophetic corroboration, which we now proceed to consider,
lay hidden in its own simplicity until the appreciation and application of
the Jubilee type, as above, gave it significance.
seventy years, usually referred to as the seventy
years captivity in Babylon, is
Scripturally styled the “seventy
years desolation of the land.”
This desolation God had predicted by Jeremiah the Prophet, thus:
“And this whole land shall be a desolation, and...shall serve the king
of Babylon seventy years.” (Jer. 25:11)
“Thus saith the Lord, that after seventy years be accomplished at
Babylon, I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you in causing
you to return to this place.” (Jer. 29:10)
In 2 Chron. 36:17-21 the fulfilment of this prophecy is recorded;
and the reason why
it was just seventy years, and why it was made completely desolate,
is stated thus: “He brought upon them the king of the Chaldees
[Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon],...and them that had escaped from the
sword carried he away to Babylon, where they were servants to him and his
sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: to fulfil the word of the
Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until
the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths;
for AS LONG AS SHE LAY DESOLATE SHE KEPT SABBATH, to fulfil threescore and ten
this we see that Israel had failed to observe properly the Sabbatic years,
of which the Jubilees were the chief. It certainly was a severe test of
obedience toward the Heavenly King, to a people so notably avaricious, to
be commanded to let the land rest, to restore to former owners lands
acquired and possessed for years, and to restore to servants their
liberty—especially when obedience was only commanded, and not summarily
enforced by compulsion. God had forewarned them, through Moses, that if
they were disobedient to the laws to which as a nation they had pledged
themselves, he would punish them for it.
In the same chapter in which he tells them of the punishment of seven
times under Gentile rule, he tells them, also, that if they would
neglect the year Sabbaths he would punish them for it by desolating their land. (And,
as a matter of fact, the seventy
years desolation was also
the beginning of the seven
Gentile Times, as already shown.)
The Lord’s threatening reads thus: “Your land shall be desolate
and your cities waste. Then shall the land enjoy her Sabbaths, as long as
it lieth desolate and ye be in your enemies’ land,...because it did not rest in your Sabbaths when ye dwelt upon
it.” Lev. 26:34,35,43
permitted for a while their half-hearted and half-way obedience, but
finally removed them entirely from the land, made it desolate, without an
inhabitant, and gave it the full number of its Jubilee Years—not only for those they had
imperfectly observed, but also for the entire future number which would
elapse, according to his arrangement, before the antitypical Jubilee, the
Restitution or Millennial age, would be due.
since the entire number of typical Jubilees, designed to precede the
antitype, is thus proved to be seventy, we are thus furnished another
means of calculating when the antitype is due to begin.
The calculating of this prophetic statement of the entire number of
Jubilees is simple and easy; and, as we should expect, its results agree
exactly with those already obtained by the method of counting
furnished by the Law.
entire number being seventy, and nineteen of these having been observed in
a half-hearted way by Israel before the desolation, it follows that the
remaining fifty-one (70-19=51) mark the period from the last Jubilee which
Israel imperfectly observed, down to the great antitype. But here note a difference in the manner of counting.
Under the Law reckoning, we counted the future as well as the past
cycles of forty-nine years with the fiftieth or Jubilee Year added;
Law shows things as they would have been, had Israel carried them
prophecy records things just as they will actually occur.
are now examining the prophetic
statement, remember, and hence should now reckon these cycles as they have occurred—cycles of
forty-nine years, without Jubilees; for Israel did not observe a Jubilee
since their nineteenth one. The
first nineteen cycles had Jubilee Years, but the fifty-one since have had
none; hence we must reckon fifty-one cycles of forty-nine years each, or
2499 years (49 x 51 = 2499), from the last typical Jubilee observed by
Israel to the antitype. This
calculation, though entirely distinct from the other, ends exactly as
shown by the Law method of reckoning previously examined—October, A.D.
us state this last proof in another form, for the benefit of some, thus:
The full number of Jubilee cycles which God had ordained was seventy, as
shown by the plain statements relative to the reason for the seventy
years desolation of their land.
This was to include those that Israel had observed in an
unsatisfactory manner, which we have seen were nineteen, as well as all
the cycles to follow, up to the antitype. We will now reckon all these
from their commencement on entering Canaan, and see where they end.
Cycles with Jubilees added (50 years each)
|51 Cycles without Jubilees (49 years each)
Cycles, therefore, cover a period of
period of 3449 years, reckoned from the entering of Canaan, ends as the
foregoing, October, A.D. 1874, thus:
entering Canaan to division of the land
of the Judges to Saul the king
of the kings
of the desolation
the restoration to A.D.
number of years before the date known
since A.D., to complete above period of 3449 years, are 1874 full
years, which would end (Jewish time) October
period of the 70 cycles, as shown above,
from the beginning
of the Jubilee system, on entering Canaan, until
the antitype, the
—— of Restitution, began, Oct.,
entering Canaan to the division of the land
Thus their last Jubilee was observed
19 years before the Desolation.
SINCE LAST JUBILEE
the “Desolation” as above
the Restoration by Cyrus to A.D. 1
from A.D. 1 to A.D. 1874, Oct. 10th (the end of year- Jewish
51 cycles (without Jubilees) as they actually occurred and were
mentioned in prophecy, 49 years each = 2499 years.
Or, total years from entering Canaan to October 1874 = 3449
The Period of 19 cycles and Jubilees (950 years) and 51 cycles
alone (2499 years) = 3449 years.
logical conclusion, if these matters are accepted as of divine
arrangement, is easily drawn. And
if not divinely arranged, whence came they?
We do not put
them into the inspired Word: we merely find them there in all their
simplicity and beauty, and, like all the other precious and rich food from
the storehouse, which our Lord is now serving us according to his promise
(Luke 12:37), this is nourishing “strong meat”—not especially
intended for “babes in Christ,” but for those more developed, “who
have their senses exercised” (Heb. 5:14) to discern and appreciate this
meat now in “due season.” If
not of divine arrangement and intended for our instruction, how and why
come the double proofs, matching and corroborating each other so
perfectly? To convince
yourself of their divine arrangement, notice that in no other place and
way can these seventy years of Sabbaths in desolation be made to harmonize
with the (50 x 50) cycle of the Great Jubilee.
Try it. Prove it.
Suppose either a mistake, or a change of one of the nineteen
Jubilees kept by Israel: Suppose that eighteen (one less) or twenty (one more)
had elapsed before the seventy
years desolation began. Calculate,
and you will see that these two
lines of evidence, which so perfectly unite in the testimony that
1875 (beginning October, A.D. 1874) is the date of the beginning of the
Times of Restitution, and the date, therefore, from which we may know that
the heavens no longer retain our Lord, the great Restorer, cannot be
united elsewhere, without doing violence to themselves, to the chronology,
and to other prophecies yet to be examined.
these time prophecies teach anything, it is that the Great Jubilee, the
Times of Restitution of all things, has begun, and that we are already in
the dawn of the Millennial age, as well as in the “harvest” of the
Gospel age—which ages lap one upon the other for forty years—the
“day of wrath.”
We are already fourteen years into this forty-year-day of wrath;
and preparations for the struggle are progressing rapidly.
The coming twenty-six years, at the present momentum, will be quite
sufficient for the accomplishment of “all things written.”
no reader hastily conclude that there are no evidences of Restitution
about us, nor that the Sun of Righteousness is not already gilding the
watch towers of Zion and enlightening the world.
Let him, on the contrary, reflect that we are already in the day
when the hidden things are being made manifest; and let
him remember that the first work of Restitution is properly a breaking
down of the old and decaying structure which stands in the place which the
new is to occupy. Remember that the first work of the tenderest physician is
often to open the wounds, and to cleanse and amputate according to the
necessities of the patient, in order to make thorough work of the healing.
That such service causes pain and is seldom
appreciated by the patient at the time, none need be told; and so it is
with the work of the great Physician, the Restorer, the Life-giver: He
wounds to heal, and the trouble and sifting in the Church and the world
are but the lancing and cleansing needful, and a most important part of
the Restitution work.
the type, the Trumpet of Jubilee was to be sounded when the Jubilee Year
began, to proclaim liberty throughout all the land, unto all the inhabitants
thereof. (Lev. 25:10)
The antitype is ushered in with the sounding of the (symbolic)
“Seventh Trumpet,” the “Trump of God,” the “Last
It is indeed the great trumpet: it
announces liberty to every captive; and while at first it means
the surrender of many expired claims and privileges, and a general
time of disturbance and unsettling of usages, habits, etc., its
full import, when rightly appreciated, is “good
tidings of great joy
which shall be unto all people.”
the early commotion, each one who hears the Jubilee Trumpet of the new
dispensation is forcibly struck by some one of its many features and heeds
One sees the propriety of, and calls for, governmental reforms, the
abolition of standing armies and their burdensome tax.
Another calls for the abolition of titled aristocracy and the
recognition of every man by his manly qualities.
Others call for the abolition of landlordism, and demand that
landholding shall be as at first, according to necessity, and ability and
willingness to use. Others
call for temperance reform, and by prohibitory and other laws, by Law and
Order Societies, seek to chain this great evil, and begin to restrain men
who for the love of money would ensnare, enslave and destroy fellowmen,
and who, fastening their fangs into their weaknesses, would fatten and
luxuriate upon their blood. Others
form Humane and Anti-Cruelty Societies, to prevent those who have the
ability from injuring the weak and dependent. Others form societies for
the suppression of vice and of demoralizing literature.
Others form Anti-Adulteration Societies to examine into
adulterations of food, and to expose and prosecute and punish those who
for love of greater gain adulterate food and make it even injurious to
health. Laws are enacted for the protection of the lives and the health of
the people. Miners must have
pure air, no matter what the cost; they must have two ways of escape in
case of fire. Working people, powerless to help themselves or to choose
their places of work, are cared for by the public laws. They can no longer
be paid when the employer may please, and in store-orders, but the law now
demands that pay-day shall be at least every two weeks and in cash. They
can no longer be crowded into buildings where in case of fire they would
be liable either to burn to death or to maim themselves for life by
jumping; for “fire-escapes” are compulsory, and for any death or
injury traceable to carelessness on the part of the employer, he is held
responsible, and is punishable, either by fines, damages or imprisonment.
Wealthy corporations, such as own railroad and steam-ship lines, are
compelled to care for the lives and interests of the people, the poor as well as the rich.
These reforms are the result of the awakening of the people by the
Jubilee Trump of knowledge and liberty, and are not traceable to
pure benevolence on the part of the more favored class.
though all in the favored or wealthy class who are benevolent, and such as
love righteousness, can and do rejoice in these beginnings of reform,
others, and the majority, regretfully yield from necessity.
True, such laws and arrangements are not yet perfected, nor are
they universal; but the beginnings noticed rejoice our hearts, and give
evidence of what may be expected in the exalting of the humble and lowly,
and the abasing of the proud, when the Jubilee regulations are fully in
operation. All these things are parts of the reform commotion ushering
in Earth’s Great Jubilee; and though much has been demanded, and much
has been gradually conceded, yet kings, and emperors, and
queens—political, social, ecclesiastical and financial—will not submit
to the great leveling process of this Jubilee or Restitution age without a
great and severe struggle, such as the Scriptures point out as just before
us, and which, though severe, is unavoidable, and will work out ultimate
spirit of “liberty throughout all the land” is indeed sometimes carried
to an unreasonable extent by the ignorant and the hot-headed; and yet it
is all part of the great unavoidable Jubilee excitement, occasioned by the
ignorance and oppression of the past.
but the Lord’s “little flock” is fully and correctly informed as to
the grand scope of the Restitution. These
see the minor changes, the straightening out of the lesser affairs of men,
but they see also what can be seen from no other standpoint than God’s
Word—that the great enslaver, Sin, is to be shorn of his power, that the
great prisonhouse of Death is to be opened and a release presented to each
prisoner, signed in the precious blood of the Lamb of God which taketh
away the sin
of the world, the great Redeemer and Restorer.
Glad tidings indeed it shall be to all
people, not only to the living, but also to all that are in their graves.
Before the end of this great Jubilee every human being may go
entirely free—may get back to man’s first estate, “very good,”
receiving back through Christ all that was lost in Adam.
ye the Trumpet, blow
The gladly solemn sound;
Let all the nations know,
To earth’s remotest bound,
The Jubilee of Earth is come,
Returning ransomed sinners home.
our great High Priest,
Hath full atonement made.
Ye weary spirits, rest;
Ye mournful souls, be glad.
The Jubilee of Earth is come,
Returning ransomed sinners home.
who were sold for naught,
Whose heritage was lost,
May have all back unbought,
A gift at Jesus’ cost.
The Jubilee of Earth is come,
Returning ransomed sinners home.
Seventh Trumpet hear,
The news of heavenly grace;
Salvation now is near;
Seek ye the Savior’s face.
The Jubilee of Earth is come,
Returning ransomed sinners home.”