Definition:  (1) A historical celebration of the Jewish people held every fifty years.  This occasion was announced and celebrated by the blowing of the ram’s horn (trumpet).  (2) A time or occasion of rejoicing. 

Recently God imparted to my spirit a powerful single word that set me on a journey of understanding what He does in my life.  He whispered the word “Jubilee”.  I was at the time exercising and I immediately began to meditate on this word.  I already knew that it was a biblical festival established by God for His people once they had entered and divided the promised land.  What I did not know was how He would minister, illumine, and manifest this powerful word to show me Who He is in my life and what He does daily for me.

Let me paint a brief picture of the mechanics of the Jubilee festival celebration.  I can almost guarantee that as you read them you will begin (in your spirit) just as I did to see personal power in this word.  Jubilee refers to the fiftieth (50th) year.  After reaching and conquering Canaan, God’s people divided the promised land among themselves. Fifty years after the division of the land was the time to mark and celebrate the first Jubilee.  Jubilee was established by God.  It was not a manmade institution.  There are three basic actions that were set in place to observe Jubilee (50th year).  They are as follows:

There was rest for the soil (Leviticus 25:11).  Man was freed from the labor of sowing and reaping. That year man entered into a blessed rest to live and enjoy the bounty that God had provided.
Reversion of Property/Restoration
At Jubilee all property in fields and houses situated in villages and unwalled towns, which the owner had to sell because of poverty was to revert without payment to its original owner.
Everyone who because of poverty had sold himself into slavery was to receive freedom for himself and his children.  He could no longer be “owned” by anyone.  His debts were forgiven.

The Jubilee year became one of freedom, grace, redemption, deliverance, a time of refreshing, and cessation of oppression.  WOW!

The Holy Spirit began to minister to my spirit about this word “Jubilee”.  First of all, its meaning takes on a new light in the lives of those who are alive today and under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Secondly, with our sins forgiven, we have entered the promised land for Eternity.  As this journey continues, we are faced with the challenges, tests, trials, happenings, etc. of life here on planet earth.  The truth of the matter is that we “need” the Jubilee (Rest, Restoration, and Freedom) that only God can give!
My personal experiences reveal to me that God can bring your life to a place of continual (daily) Jubilee.  The historical Jubilee lays the framework for the Jubilee that God can give every day.  

Conditions for Daily Jubilee
The first condition for Jubilee on a daily basis is “Rest”.  Rest is outlined for us in the fourth (4th) chapter of Hebrews.   Believers must be so convinced that God knows exactly what He is doing in their lives that they can totally “rest” in Him.  A place of rest in God means that you have settled yourself in His mercy, His love, His promises, and His Eternity for you (John 3:16, 2nd Corinthians 1:20, Ecclesiastes 3:11).  Rest indicates that nothing is happening in your life that is not under God’s tender care and authority.  Receive the Jubilee of “Rest” daily.  Always be aware in your inner man (spirit) that you have the protection, love, and favor of God.  Let the “at risk” feelings die on the vine.  Cultivate His presence by meditating on scriptures that tell you what God says about you. (Example:  Psalms 17:8, Zechariah 2:8, “I am the apple of Your eye”.)

The second condition for daily Jubilee is “Restoration”.  God is not running out of anything that is needed in time or Eternity.  He has a definite plan to restore to you all that He has appropriated for your life here on earth.  He knows what you need and when you need it.  He has simply asked you to ask in faith and patience and see Him work bountifully for you.  Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundant (John 10:10).  Abundant, full, and overflowing life was God’s idea for you.  It is your promise if you serve and obey Him.  He can restore by natural means and by supernatural means.  He has no limitations on what He can give to a man who walks upright before Him.  Ask in the name of Jesus, and He will do His work in your life (John 14:14).

The last condition for daily Jubilee is “Freedom”.  Whom the Son sets free is free indeed (John 8:36).  Jubilee in your heart sets you free.  Your boundaries are God’s word flowing freely in your life.  It is a taste of the river of life running freely in your daily challenges, movements, interactions, and work.  It is a state in which you completely understand what you have been given in God’s word and are willing to receive and walk in it.  In short, it is JUBILEE!

My personal definition of Jubilee is the “Everyday manifest appearance of God in my life”.  There are innumerable times in my life that I desire, and God fulfills.  I ask and while I am asking, I receive (Isaiah 65:24).  I have come to verbally “blow the ram’s horn” out loud and say “Jubilee” when I see God manifest Himself to me in my life’s circumstances.  I live in “Rest”. I live in “Restoration”.  I live in “Freedom”.  All of God’s people should and can.  Don’t miss out on your “Jubilee”.  Recognize it!  Proclaim it! God will bring more of Jubilee to pass as you honor Him for jubilees you see in your life.  Let Him minister this word to you and your life.  Jubilee is totally “settling” yourself in God and living every aspect of life in His grace.  Living in Jubilee (Rest, Restoration, and Freedom) is good and proper training to be fit for Eternity. 

Can you even imagine what Jubilee must be like throughout Eternity? I am overwhelmed to think about it.  I think I’ll need a new body to keep up with the Eternity celebration!

Why "Hepzibah in Training?"

More than twenty five years ago I stood in a powerful praise and worship service. As I entered into worship weeping in the presence of the King, I heard the voice of Jesus in my spirit. He called me two names. The first name was Hephzibah and the second was Beulah. I was stunned and immediately sat down on the bench to ponder these two names. Neither of these names appeared flattering to me.

I left church and called my sister, a mighty warrior of God, and told her that God had called me two names. Her reply was “If God called me names; I needed to find out what they meant.” I searched scripture and found that the name Hephzibah means, “The Lord delights in her” and that Beulah meant, “Thy land is married (committed, spoken for, etc). Needless to say, I was delighted in the significance of these two names that my Savior has bestowed upon me. My goal and treasure in life is to fulfill the plan for my life on this side of Eternity and to train for the other side of Eternity.

I offer you the revelations, thoughts, and meditations that God imparts to me in this blog “Hepzibah In Training”.

I thank you for your comments.