How Do the Land Sabbath and Jubilee Years Work (Leviticus 25)?

Bible Questions & Answers

After seven cycles of sabbatical years, a total of 49 years, the fiftieth year was proclaimed a jubilee. The land was to rest from cultivation.


The Fourth Commandment (Part Two): Christ's Attitude Toward the Sabbath

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

In the Gospels, questions about the Sabbath center on how to keep it, not whether it should be kept. The way Jesus approached the Sabbath gives us an example.


The Farm

CGG Weekly by James Kelley

What could the earth be like if man worked in harmony with God's instructions on this matter? What will the earth look like in the Kingdom of God?


The Year of Release

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

The land Sabbath is a type of the weekly Sabbath, wherein the land is given time to regenerate, and all debts (and grudges) are forgiven and slaves set free.


Lessons From a Sandpile

Commentary by David C. Grabbe

Drawing inspiration from a child's sandpile, some physicists developed a computer simulation model testing for the critical juncture when a single grain of sand would cause an avalanche, collapsing the structure. The green spots indicated a relatively flat surface, while red spots indicated a steeper terrain, When the red spots …


A New Beginning

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on the rich imagery of the holy days, reiterates that it is impossible to understand God's master plan unless one understands the symbolism and imagery of the Holy Days. Atonement has special uniqueness as a solemn day of affliction, fasting and rest, bringing about humility (or humbling) as a state of …


The Fourth Commandment (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Sabbath reminds us that God is Creator and that we were once in slavery to sin. The Sabbath is a time of blessing, deliverance, liberty, and redemption.


Are the Blood Moons Significant? (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

It is unusual for lunar eclipses to occur on God's holy days. Understanding those days helps us to find the right significance to the blood moons.


Pentecost - The Beginning - All in All

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Mark Schindler

We must look beyond our own calling, realizing that the sacrifice of Christ was for all men, with the hope that they will be added to the family of God.


One Nation Under God (Part Two)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

We need to follow Nehemiah's example in submitting to God, focusing on the right goals, having wisdom in handling complex situations, and having courage.


The Bible and the Environment

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Is God an environmentalist? Should Christians care about the ecological health of the earth and its inhabitants? Here's what the Bible says about the environment.


Why Count Fifty Days?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Bible has much to say about the number fifty, such as counting 50 days to Pentecost, the measurements of the Tabernacle, and the 50 year Jubilee.


Prosperity

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, reflecting on the derelict shadow population of the LA warehouse district, observes that amidst abundant wealth, pockets of poverty also co-exist. As modern Israel, we still suffer the consequences of ancient Israel's request to have a king like every other nation, and to adopt political and economic systems like …


Famine (Part Three): The Abundance of God's Salvation

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

After Christ's return, famine will be the penalty for not keeping His Feast of Tabernacles. God will establish conditions in which famine will never occur again.


Stewardship of God's Temple (Part Three)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by David F. Maas

God is the author of physical rest, as demonstrated by the human need to sleep once in every twenty-four period as well as the sanctified seventh day Sabbath providing spiritual rest and rejuvenation (Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15) intended for the entire human race in perpetuity. For the past 6,000 years, …


The Doctrine of Israel (Part Five): A Remnant of Judah

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Despite her former relationship with God, absolutely no nation could ever out-sin Judah, even though God had given her multiple warnings to repent.


The Blood Moons

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, reflecting on the evangelical Protestant focus on the 'blood moons' (lunar eclipses) discovered by Mark Biltz, marvels that so many Protestants who believe the 'Jewish Holy Days' have been 'done away' should be so obsessed with these lunar signs. Because the nations of Israel have discarded God's laws, the ninth …