Recently I wrote of the Book of Psalms as a “Book of Jubilees,” and showed how the 50th, 100th and 150th Psalm had clear Jubilee and Kingdom language. I noted that the 50th chapter of Genesis was a foreshadow of the Children of Israel beginning their journey to the Promised Land, a Jubilee event.
There are many more Jubilee chapters in God’s Holy Word.
First and Second Samuel were once one book. When viewed as such, Second Samuel 19 is the 50th chapter. This chapter tells of the return of King David to Jerusalem, a foreshadow of a Jubilee and Kingdom event.
If the 50th chapter represents the completion of a Jubilee cycle, then the preceding chapters may be considered representative of years within the cycle. If Second Samuel 19 represents a Jubilee in which the king returns to Jerusalem, then Second Samuel 16 offers a remarkable picture. It is in this chapter that Absalom the usurper, and a type of Satan in this story, comes to Jerusalem to take his unearned place on the throne of the king.
This is a foreshadow of the anti-Christ taking his unearned place in the Temple or Tabernacle in Jerusalem. The anti-Christ will take this action three and one-half years (Revelation 13:5) before the Return of Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords. You might consider Second Samuel 16 to be three and one-half chapters before the return of the king in chapter 19. What a fascinating picture!
Likewise, First and Second Chronicles were also one book. The 50th chapter, Second Chronicles 21, and verse 7, tells of the Lord’s Kingdom Promise to David. “Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.”
In the New Testament, the Jubilee pattern continues. If the history of the Church is considered as one book, beginning with The Acts of the Apostles, the 50th chapter is First Corinthians 6. It is in this chapter that the Apostle Paul asks us, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?” This is certainly a Kingdom event.
Or consider this pattern! The New Testament appears to have three groups of nine books each. These groups appear to be addressed to Jewish subjects (Matthew thruough Galatians), then Gentile subjects (Ephesians through Philemon), and again Jewish subjects (Hebrews through the Revelation). The last group of Jewish subjects begins with the Letter to Hebrews, a definite clue.
Considering this last group of nine epistles as one book, the 50th chapter falls in the Revelation chapter 16. It is in this chapter that the Seven Vials of God’s wrath are poured out on the earth. Also in this chapter, the Lord “gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” This battle is described in the Revelation 19 and is the last event before the Kingdom of the Lord.
You could spend the entirety of your life studying the Bible and never discover all of the insights, foreshadows, patterns and “coincidences” found the Lord’s Holy Scripture. May His name always be praised, loudly!