Well, Jeff, I got around to reading the whole article and was quite impressed with the explanation. Though it is not surprising that what we find in the OT would have vast implications in understanding the NT. Hebrews 8:5 informs us that the priests and the tabernacle ‘serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things’, which I take that everything which took place in the OT has a spirtual equivalent in the presence of God. (And if you really want to get into a comprehensive study, take a close look at the tabernacle, and how it relates to ‘a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands’ (Hebrews 9:7), and that ‘therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these’ (Hebrews 9:23)).
So everything has a far-reaching significance and studies like this bring the OT to life in the heart of the believer. Insofar as Jubilee, the very name ‘yowbel’ meaning ‘ram’s horn’, reminicient of the last trump, (and having the primitive root of ‘yabal’ meaning ‘to bring, lead, carry, conduct, bear along’), Israel went into Babylon captivity for the very fact that they didn’t observe the Sabbath and rest, so God in His Mercy allowed the land to lay desolate for 70 years to make up for it. One wonders if the captivity could equate for the period of time we didn’t allow our ‘land’ to rest as the period of time we would have to endure in death until the final trump when the Kinsman-Redeemer fully purchases us.
Incidently, there are amazing parallels in the story of Ruth related to this, which I might start another thread for.
Interestingly enough, the next Jubilee year of the Jewish calender is 2045/2046. Just saying.