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The Earth’s Redemption

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The Earth’s Redemption

The next prophetic key focuses on the redemption - or reclaiming - of land by its absentee owner. An Old Testament story involving Jeremiah's purchase of land just prior to the Babylonian captivity illustrates this process. Though this land would remain dormant for the captivity's full seventy years, Jeremiah purchased it as a sign that the Jews would once again reclaim their property. Jeremiah 32:5-15 shows the land's purchase:

And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee, saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it. . . . And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver. And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances. So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open: And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle's son, and ,b>in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison. And I charged Baruch before them, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days. For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.

Under ownership restrictions imposed by Leviticus 25:23-26's laws, only certain close relatives may purchase a Jew's land. Here, Hanameel approaches his close relative, Jeremiah, who has the right to purchase his land (the right of redemption to buy it). When Jeremiah agrees to the transition, he takes witnesses and creates two documents: a book with the evidence of purchase and the book of purchase. The book of purchase remains unsealed while, to preserve its integrity, Jeremiah seals the evidence of purchase. Only the owner, or his rightful heir, can legally break the evidence of purchase's seals. Both documents are then stored in a safe place until Jeremiah (or his direct relative) returns to reclaim his rightful property. While squatters may occupy Jeremiah's land during his absence, these documents give him legal authority to reclaim his property at any time.

In the future, another sealed book will play a critical role in end-time prophecies. In this case, Revelation's mysterious sealed book is God's evidence of purchase proving His rightful claim to His land, the earth (Exodus 9:29). At the tribulation's beginning, the earth's owner in absentia is ready to take back His rightful property. God's reclamation, or redemption, of His land begins when Jesus starts opening the book as Jesus alluded to in the following parable:

Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. (Matthew 21:33-41)

In this parable, the servants are the prophets, the son is Jesus, and the vineyard is the earth. The owner, God the Father, destroys the wicked husbandmen and gives the vineyards to others. To do so, He has to redeem his property, physically return, and take possession of it. Today, the earth is ‘leased' out to husbandmen who are responsible for working the land for the owner's profit but, instead, the husbandmen have used the land for their own benefit, stolen the owner's share, and stubbornly rebuffed the owner's attempts to get His due. When the owner sent His only begotten son to collect, they killed Him. During the tribulation, Jesus opens the earth's evidence of purchase book, God destroys the wicked husbandmen, and Jesus takes physical possession of the earth.