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THE Torah: Rabbi Ronald Levine

 As noted, the number 19 has a profound application in the Scriptures and establishes a pattern. From the time the Israelites entered Canaan's land until the 70 years of captivity in Babylon, the Israelites observed 19 Jubilees. The Jubilee year is observed every 50 years. More details about the year of Jubilee are given in the book of Leviticus,25.  


The nineteenth Jubilee occurred 19 years before the Babylonian captivity. Amazingly, Israel has not observed a Jubilee year since its nineteenth Jubilee. The Jubilee year has not been celebrated for centuries because the religious authorities in Israel believe that according to Leviticus 25, all of Israel's tribes must be living in the land in their biblically mandated regions in Israel before the Jubilee year can be observed.


The Israelites half-heartedly observed the Sabbaths and the Sabbatical year; therefore, due to their disobedience of this commandment of the Lord and "to fulfill 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 fulfill threescore and ten years." (2 Chronicles 36:21).


Consider the 19 years in Israel leading up to the 70 years in captivity. It was a time of unrest, turmoil, tribulation, pestilence, famine, and wars in Jerusalem and the Southern Kingdom. Throughout the period from 605 B.C., when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, led by bands of Chaldeans came against Judah, and Jehoiakim, king of Judah, began to pay tribute to King Nebuchadnezzar;  some of the Jehoiakim's officials were taken captive to Babylon until the year 586 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian forces left a trail of destruction throughout all of Judah, Judah was under siege. The plan of God during this time was to remove Judah out of His sight. (2 Kings 24:3


The chronology of the above events over a 969-year period from the time when the Israelites entered Canaan until the Babylonian captivity is given as follows:

      Division of the land:    6 years

      Period of the Judges: 450 years

      Period of the Kings:  513 years

                        Total: 969 years

        The number of Jubilees: 19

        The period between Jubilee years: x  50 years

                     Total: 950 years[1] (by multiplication)

Therefore, 969 years – 950 years = 19 years, the number of years remaining before the beginning of the 70-year Babylonian captivity. Although Jubilee's year is not being observed in Israel, according to the calendar, it was scheduled to occur from 2017 – 2018, which is consistent with the last Jubilee year before the 19-year period of turmoil Judah.






 The COVID-19 pandemic, which began in China in 2019, didn't appear in most nations worldwide until 2020. But it could infer we are entering a 19-year period of world-wide turmoil on a greater scale. This new 19-year cycle can bring unrest, turmoil, and tribulation, not unlike the 19-year period leading up to the Babylonian captivity in Israel, speaking only of a pattern. 


Although we make no predictions of the Tribulation's timing and the 2nd Coming of the Lord, it is a compelling pattern. We see increasing upheavals during this upcoming 19-year cycle.  

Perhaps we see a pattern towards the period of the Great Tribulation of a 7 year period. Consider the total number of years from 2020 until the end of the Great Tribulation:


  • 19 + 7 = 26 years.

  • The number 26 is the number of God in the Scriptures!

  • At the end of the Great Tribulation period ( perhaps the year 2046), the same pattern brings points to when the Son establishes His Kingdom upon the earth.

  • The sum of the digits in the year 2046 is 12, representing God's governmental order.

  •  The corresponding sum of the lunar year's digits in Israel, 5806, and again, we find 19! Praise His Holy Name!  



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