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Year of Release

...was the 7th year of the cycle of 7 years. If 7 day comprised a week, 7 years comprise a 'week of years.' On the 7th of the week of years is a time for Israel to cancel debts and to release all Hebrew slaves (Deut. 15:1,2,12) hence Year of Release.

Because this ordinance did not involve the land, like the 'ten commandments' it takes effect immediately after Israel leave Egypt. I say "did not involve the land" because there is another cycle of 7 years to which on the 7th, God commanded his people to refrain from agricultural works, this one applies only when Israel have their Promised Land already (Lev. 25:2-4). If the other 7th is called 'Year of Release,' this one is called 'Year of Rest for the Land.' In 2 Chronicles 36:21 it was implied that God's required number for this sabbatic cycle is 70, if broken, it demands reimbursement, thus, when Israel failed to provide the land with its due sabbath, they were exiled to Babylon -leaving the Promised Land empty- for 70 years until the land had enjoy her sabbath, then they were allowed to return. This failure had happened also to God's ordinance concerning the Year of Release

"I myself concluded a covenant with your fathers in the day of my bringing them out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of servants, saying 'At the end of seven years you men should let go each his brother, a Hebrew man, who came to be sold to you and who has served you six years; and you must let him go free from being with you. But your forefathers did not listen to me, neither did they incline their ear." (Jeremiah 34:13,14)

Because Israel failed to meet the due of this law, another cycle was determined by God for Israel to observe "in order to terminate the transgression, and to finish off sin." The determined amount, as Daniel 9:24 had shown is 70 weeks of years. "There are 70 weeks that have been determined upon your people and upon your holy city."

PEOPLE

The one determined upon the people of Israel is 490 years. 1 'week of years' is made up of 7 years so 70 'weeks of years' is equivalent to 490 years fulfilled from Artaxeres 20th year down to Cornelius conversation to Christianity in 37 CE. On its completion, Israel's unique relationship to God was brought to an end. This rejection was revealed to Peter in a vision showing detestable animals that symbolize the non-Israelite. When Peter reacted to God's invitation to slaughter and eat the animals, God told him to stop calling defiled the things that God had cleansed already, indicating that Israel are no longer superior to the Gentiles. (Acts 10:13-15,28).

HOLY CITY

The other one determined upon their holy city is 70 '7th year' (7th year is the last year of the 'week of years'--the year of release. [Exodus 21:1,2] Since there are 70 'weeks of years' there must be 70 '7th years' as well--the total years of release) this was reckoned starting "from the going forth of the word to restore Jerusalem" (Daniel 9:25 NWT). In Galatians 4:26 Paul implied that there is a spiritual Jerusalem, a heavenly Jerusalem to which Christ is the temple. So clearly, that one mentioned in Daniel is not solely referring to literal Jerusalem, it also points to spiritual one were Christ is bound to restore at his arrival. Why restore? because its relationship to God was severed as read in Jeremiah 7:29 "Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on high places; for the LORD hath rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath." The word "generation" points to spiritual Jerusalem where according to 2nd Kings 24:14 was brought by Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon. Literal Jerusalem could not be carried of to Babylon since it was a city so this one taken captive to Babylon clearly is a spiritual Jerusalem. Now, because Christ indicates his body as the temple of Jerusalem (John 2:19-21) then his birth could be viewed as "the going forth of the WORD to restore Jerusalem"

According to John 1:1 Jesus was the word, sent by God to free Israel from debt and burden of the law. He was born in 1 BCE, so from this 'going forth of the word,' the determined 70 years of release have started to count, until in its climax in 70 CE when God destroyed the symbolic body of Christ in the earth (the handmade temple) resulting to cancellation and freedom of the Jews from the law hence ultimately fulfilling the ordinance concerning the Seventh Year. Following as a result the construction of spiritual Jerusalem was thus finished as implied in Hebrews 9:8 "the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle (hand made temple) was yet standing."






Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. --James 1:17