The Third Redemption Cycle
What exactly is a redemption cycle, and why is the third redemption cycle so important?
History records that the Jews have been removed from the land of Israel three times and taken into captivity. Each redemption cycle revolves around the release of the Jews from captivity. Today we are in what is called the third redemption cycle, and this is important because it speaks of the coming of Messiah. Below are the three cycles history records:
The First Captivity – (Egyptian) – 430 years
The Lord first time the Jews were removed from the land was when they spent 430 years of captivity in Egypt. God told Abraham precisely when the Jews would return from Egypt in Genesis 15:13 – Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know this for certain, that your offspring shall be aliens in a land that is not theirs, and shall be slaves there, and they shall be oppressed for four hundred years. This is confirmed in Exodus 12:40-41 – The time that the Israelites had lived in Egypt was four hundred thirty years. At the end of four hundred thirty years, on that very day, all the companies of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.
The Second Captivity (Babylonian) – 70 years
The second time the Jews were removed from the land was when Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, captured them and took them to Babylon. This captivity lasted 70 years and ended in 536 BC when the Jews returned to Jerusalem according to the decree by Cyrus the Great, King of Persian. This was prophesied in Jeremiah 25:8-11 – . . . and I will send to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land and against its inhabitants and against all these nations round about; and I will utterly destroy them and make them a horror and a hissing, and an everlasting desolation . . . and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
The Third Captivity (Worldwide) – 1878 years
The third time the Jews were removed from the land was when Rome destroyed the Temple in 70AD and the Jews were scattered worldwide. These prophecies of the Jews returning to the land of Palestine, the State of Israel being born in a day, and the Jews living in the land of Israel once again can be found in Isaiah 11:10-12 & 56:8; Jeremiah 31:8, 32:37& 44; Amos 9:11-15; Ezekiel 11:17& 28:25& 34:13, Hosea 8:10; and Micah 2:12.
The Third Redemption Cycle – 1948 and Following
According to Perry Stone, the Jewish Rabbis in Israel believe that the third and final redemption cycle began in 2009 for the following reasons:
● The 1st time the sun cycle fell on Passover was when Israel was redeemed out of Egypt
● The 2nd time this happened was during Purim when queen Ester got redemption for the Jews of the 127 provinces
● The 3rd time the sun cycle fell on the1st day of Passover was during Passover 2009
This third time the sun cycle began again on Passover happened on April 5,2009. On this day the sun was returning to the starting point of creation called Markzul Gadul or “the long cycle” of the 28 year cosmic sun cycle. April 5th fell on the 1st day of Passover which is the 1st Jewish feast, and which is known as the Feast Of Redemption. For more on this information from Perry Stone I recommend you watch Manna-Fest video #536 – www.voe.org.
Another reason why the Jews believe that the third and final redemption cycle has begun is this:
● The prophet Ezekiel laid on his side for 390 days as a sign that Israel would be disciplined for 390 years due to their iniquity. Leviticus Chapters 19 and 26 tell us, however, that if Israel did not fully repent, their punishment would be multiplied 7 times (7 x 390 = 2730). Israel’s captivity to the Assyrians began in 722 BC. Adding 2730 years from that date brings us to 2008, but since there is no year 0, this then becomes 2009. So the Jews believe that in 2009 their iniquity ended, and their third and final phase of redemption began.
The reasons given above make it quite clear that the third redemption cycle has begun. Since this is important because it speaks of the coming of Messiah, one can only ask: “How close are we to the return of Christ?”