There are eight jubilee years in each Jubilee cycle of 50 years. They consist of seven Land Sabbath years and one Jubilee year (the 50th year of the cycle). In these eight years, no agricultural production is permitted, no cattle are bred
so that no offspring are gendered, and no manufacture is permitted. Every one from the tiniest bugs in the soil to the largest beasts, with
mankind being somewhere in the middle in size, are to rest completely. The encouraged activity is social life, especially within the larger
families. This recommended social life takes resources to accomplish. How was the financial order structured to support that type of
A place to live
First and foremost, everyone was assigned a piece of land when Joshua led the people across the Jordan River. There were no taxes or purchase
payments to make. If the land owner was completely inactive, there was no economic burden to meet, so that there was no threat of losing the
The house or tent, whichever was on the property, came from the land. The wooden parts were acquired by cutting the trees on the property to
clear the space for the residence. Where there were plenty of stone, large or small, the houses were built by simply collecting the stones and
forming them into walls, and floors. The ceilings were a wooden framework covered with thatch or home-made split shingles. Many had second
floors across the most of the ceiling area to conserve fuel for heating and provide space for the children to sleep. Even the tents were made
from the hides of the animals that were connected with the property.
A brief aside here: there is a place where the Scriptures state, “…all Israel is in tents…” People assume that houses were not built, that
Israel lived in tents as permanent homes. They miss the place that says that when the occupants of the land were driven out, the Israelites
moved into their homes, took control of their animals and stored foods, and otherwise acquire fully developed home-steads. The tents being
referred to in the statement by Uriah were the tents of the soldiers that were involved in the siege of the city the army was surrounding, not
the permanent dwellings of the people.
But back to the Sabbatical years: The fruit trees and grape vines still produced fruits. Grain sprouted from the seeds that fell to the ground
during the previous year’s harvest, goats birth their kids before the change of the year, so milk was still produced, chickens still laid
eggs, and plentiful harvests in the previous years filled the grain bins in the barns, so there was no shortage of food unless the enemy was
in the land robbing the farmers. There was sufficient grain to sell to the city-dwellers, who saved up their money during the previous six
years to carry them over the Sabbatical years. The people were well provided for.
The people who study cycles have identified economic cycles in which there is little commercial activity, and one of those cycles runs for
seven years. Not just any seven years, just as the week is structures so that not just any day can be called the Sabbath, but specific years
dictated by the cycles of the sun’s activities. If manufacture is continued at the usual pace, the goods would fill the warehouses and flood
the market. With the Sabbatical year, there are no goods produced, so that the inventory that has built up over the previous six years is
sufficient to service all the demand in the seventh year.
The economic recessions have a periodicity of sixty years. When the Jubilee cycle of 50 years, with its seven intervening years and final
two-year rest is observed, the 60-year recession is avoided because the inventory is not produced to cause a market slump during the 60th
The Money Supply
Just because there is no production during the Sabbatical years doesn’t mean that money flow stops. The people still buy merchandise, food and
animals are bought, sold and traded during those years, and other economic activity remains viable, there is simply a lot less of it. There is
one restriction, however. The money in circulation must be precious metals, gold, silver, copper, nickel, any precious metal that retains its
same value for generations without inflation or deflation. When either of these conditions is extant, then the objective of the Sabbaticals is
lost along with the value of the money supply. The nations that circulated precious metal coinage lasted for hundreds of years. The nations
that relied on the equivalent of “paper money” never lasted longer that 275 years before its economy collapsed. The Jubilee cycles were means
of controlling the economic cycles, something that would be useful to all nations on earth today.