"And thou shalt number seven Sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven Sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the Day of Atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout out all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession and ye shall return every man unto his family. A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow; neither reap that which growth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. For it is the jubilee; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. In the year of this jubilee ye shall return every man unto his possession."
The people longed for the sound of jubilee because it meant a new beginning. It wasn't just for certain people but for everyone in all lands. It wasn't based on whether a person was good, bad, of a certain tribe or country, a certain gender, or status in the community. It was for ALL. The year of jubilee was more than just a year of rest. It included the removal of all debts; all burdens to another; all responsibilities, and the setting free of all prisoners that had been taken over the past 49 years. All burdens would totally be removed. The year after jubilee was considered year one, not 51. God gave everyone a clean start.
The year of jubilee was announced by the blowing of a RAM's HORN. Jubilee only came into existence when the people heardthe horn blown. It may have been blown, and it may have been the year of jubilee; but if the people did not hear it, they would not benefit. They would treat the year of jubilee as just another year of staying in debt and the obligations they had acquired over the past 49 years.
So what does all this mean to us today? We can't go back in history and declare an Old Testament jubilee in the order that was done during the times of Moses. It would be interesting to see the response if we went to our bankers, landlords, and collection officers and said, "We are not obligated to pay the debt because it is our year of jubilee." What about those in prisons declaring that their rights are being violated because it happens to be the year of jubilee, yet they are still in prison?
No, we cannot bring the Old Testament law of jubilee into our lives the way it was done then; yet, God's word must be applicable to us today. Somehow the year of jubilee must have significance in our lives so that when we read the Old Testament Scripture we can receive the Truth that brings transformation today. If we can't take the spiritual understanding of jubilee and be able to apply it to our lives today, then there is no reason to go back and study it. So how can jubilee take place today when many people don't believe in the Bible?
The benefits of jubilee should not be our focus. Instead, we must understand the significance of hearing the sound of jubilee. What is this sound? Hearing the Ram's horn is what declared the year of jubilee. Many Messianic Christian denominations around the world are enjoying the heritage of blowing a literal Ram's horn as part of their rituals, but it does not bring transformation. When they leave their assemblies they are still required to pay mortgages and bills in order to live in their houses.
In order for jubilee to be significant for us today we must seek an understanding that goes beyond doctrines, denominations, sermons, and theology. For over 2000 years we have been waiting for Jesus Christ to return so that our jubilee can be declared. Through the passing of time we have lost the significance of the events of Moses' time which were powerful to cause change and are still capable of causing transformation today, but we need to have understanding. These events have lost their "seasoning" through many translations so that now even the word "jubilee" is rarely mentioned in the church.
Jubilee is pointing to something for us today as the body of Christ, but we cannot know what that is until we hear the sound that produces it. Since the time of Jesus we have relied on others to tell us what God is saying because we have not believed that we could hear the Holy Spirit personally. This has caused a system of control to be built up in the church. Decisions were based on status, education, denomination, money, and opinions from people of influence that may have seemed "good," but were not God.
Throughout Scripture there are references to trumpets and a Ram's horn being blown. Over the years these two instruments have been used interchangeably. This has caused the importance of the Ram's horn being blown at jubilee to be lost.
In the Old Testament there was the longing to hear the Ram's horn blown because it meant the time of jubilee had come. Blowing a silver trumpet had a very important message, but it was different than the blowing of the Ram's horn. Hearing the silver trumpet blown meant that salvation had come.
Silver trumpets pointed to jubilee. They were blown to signify redemption. Everything prior to jubilee was "spoken" by the silver trumpet to point the people to the day of jubilee. This was the hope of the people before Jesus: they would have salvation, freedom, sins forgiven, and all the benefits of redemption. Silver trumpets were used for the assembly, for war, for sanctifying and fasting.
When God said to blow the sound of jubilee, it was not a sound that was often heard like the silver trumpet. It was only heard every fifty years. The sound of a trumpet and the sound of a Ram's horn are two very distinct sounds. The Ram's horn was a sound that people would long for.
The trumpet sound is a noise that talks about entering the "rest of God." The Ram's horn sound produces the "rest of God." It is manifested with this sound. It is a clarion sound of NOW, not someday when I get to heaven.
So what does all this mean for us? Hearing the sound of the trumpet brings us into our salvation; it points to Jesus Christ. When that silver trumpet is blown by the Holy Spirit in our life a reaction occurs causing a witness to our spirit telling us that our redemption is here. We come to know Jesus Christ as our personal savior. However, this sound does not open up the Holy of Holies. There is a process of growing up in Christ that must take place where His image within us becomes established. For some it takes a time span of years, but for others the transformation of operating in Christ identity may take place quickly.
When we hear and understand the blowing of the Ram's horn we no longer look for a coming day when the Lord will return, but we realize that this is the day. Jesus is the Ram. A Ram's horn cannot be blown unless the Ram has given his life. The trumpet teaches us about knowing Jesus as the Lamb slain for the sins of the world. When we know Him also as the Ram that died we recognize that He is more than our savior and redeemer. He is also the head of our body; the King of kings (sons of God); the Lord of lords (sons of God); the first fruit of many firstfruits.
Salvation tells us that there is a jubilee ahead. Jubilee declares that today is the day. Only those that hear the sound of the Ram's horn can enter into the 'rest of God' while in their natural body. This "rest" does not mean sitting around, sleeping, or doing nothing. This "rest" is where we are no longer reading about it but can live out this rest in our everyday lives. We won't hear the Ram's horn by listening to other believers or teachers of the word telling us about it. Instead, we must hear it from Christ Himself within each of us. We must come to know that we are no longer children of God, but mature sons able to hear His voice declared in our spirit," This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased."
When we "blow the sound of the Ram's horn" out of our mouth we are declaring the identity of "Christ in us, the hope of glory," and our jubilee is now. We must get Jesus out of a building; out of our doctrine; and out of history. We must do what Jesus did as recorded in Luke 4:16. Here we are told that Jesus went to Nazareth where he had been brought up. This illustrates that we are to begin with our foundational training. Jesus went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. After searching for what He needed to say, He began to read from the book of the prophet Isaiah. This was all part of the customary procedure of His day. It would be like our going to church every Sunday and hearing the pastor speak.
When He received the book, Jesus searched through the scroll and began reading: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, this day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears." (Luke 4:18-21).
The "acceptable year of the Lord" was also known as the "Year of Jubilee;" the year of God's rest; or the year of God's favor. It was the long awaited moment. Imagine a pastor today getting ready to give a sermon, reading some verses from the Bible, then closing the book, and declaring to the congregation, "I'm it. Remember that rapture stuff and return of the Lord that ya'll have been hoping for? Well, here it is. I am the anointed one that you have been waiting for. Today is the Scripture fulfilled in your ears."
Wow! Can you imagine the uproar and anger that would come from the people? Words and accusations would be flying at the pastor laced with anger and hatred that he would dare to insinuate that he was sent by God as their savior. Yet, this is what Jesus did at that moment in history. What was their response: "Is not this Joseph's son?"
From the perspective of the rulers in the synagogue, Jesus didn't qualify. He was a carpenter's son from the tribe of Judah, not Levi which they considered to be the anointed linage. Keep in mind; they had studied the words of the prophets. Their whole lives where spent trying to understand the wisdom of God, yet their eyes were veiled to what Jesus was saying because of their own imagination of how God's word should be interpreted.
"And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him."
When Jesus finished reading He closed the book and sat down. By closing the book He was giving the people a message beyond the custom of the day.
"And he began to say unto them, this day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears."
It was no longer words in a book, but the Word became flesh. It became a person. Now that the person they had waited for was in front of them, there was no longer a need to look for another which is signified by closing the book. Their jubilee was with them in their midst. They didn't have to long for a "someday when I get to heaven," "or someday when the Lord returns" for jubilee to take place. It had come, but because it didn't come the way they were looking for, they questioned and denied him.
"Verily I say unto you, no prophet is accepted in his own country, but I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; but unto none of them was Elijah sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong" (Luke 4: 24-29).
Jesus was declaring that jubilee was no longer a time in the future, but a present reality in Him. The people enjoyed their life seeking jubilee as a someday occurrence. They felt that Jesus was taking away their hope for the future, but the thing He really destroyed was their imagination of living in a 'someday' happening of the future. They, like us today, were used to the thought of 'heaven' someday and could not understand the reality He was teaching of NOW freedom.
Jesus is our Jubilee; our Sabbath; our Rest. He finished the work of God. However, until we hear the Ram's horn blown through our own mouths, we can not come into our jubilee. His word must mean more than quoting scripture, reading the Bible, and living a Christian life by what the churches are teaching. As long as we put off our jubilee being one with our bridegroom, we cannot experience our life of oneness with Him today.
We must come to the conclusion that we are the complete/finished in Jesus Christ. He doesn't need to come back and finish the job. If we want our jubilee to be manifested, we must come into His rest by declaring that the curse was reversed at Calvary and acknowledge that we are new creatures in Christ. In reality, the old person of yesterday no longer exists except where we have given it place. Adam died over 2000 years ago. We have the choice today to live a life in Christ that manifests a jubilee of His finished work. Our inheritance is available now for us to BE the evidence of the word made flesh walking among the children of God on this earth.
In Hebrews chapters 3 and 4 we are informed about the rest of God that is for us today. Many will harden their hearts to receive their inheritance from God because of doubt and unbelief, but unbelief and opinions do not change the truth of the WAY that now exists of entering into His rest; the year of jubilee; the finished work of Jesus Christ; the acceptable year of the Lord. Today, we are the sons of God.
It is important to study the word; show ourselves approved by the Lord; and be teachable, but there must come a time that we are no longer blowing a silver trumpet in our life, but a Ram's horn. His word must be our thoughts, our mind, our hearts, and our words spoken from our mouths to where we can close the book as Jesus did and sit in the rest of God. Our identity is now His so that when others see us, they see the Father.
What we have been reading and hoping for in reference to entering into heaven has been available throughout all the generations since the resurrection of Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross the veil between the middle and inner court was torn from top to bottom by God. It signified that we now had the capability to enter into the Holy of Holies and fellowship with God at the mercy seat. However; to do so, we have to realize that God does not share His temple with another. God can only fellowship with His own image; god.
This is where our soul has been speaking louder than our spirit. The Jews tried to sew the veil to hide the mercy seat of God, but failed. Instead they brought justification into the system of God's rest. The veil in the temple was torn at Jesus' death allowing mankind to enter the Most Holy Place, but religion has placed the veil of "justification" and "free will" on men's hearts which has been carried down through the generations. However, it was never part of what the disciples taught in the New Testament.
Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
During the time when the KJV of the Bible was being translated, King James and Pope Gregory added a few words so that when the people read this verse in the Bible they would believe that "no condemnation" was possible, but it had to be obtained by walking in Christ Jesus after the Spirit. We have since established thousands of doctrines to justify this verse. The original simply reads, "Now no condemnation."
Numbers 10:33, "And they departed from the mount of the LORD three days' journey: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them in the three days' journey, to search out a resting place for them."
Matt 11:28-30, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
God gives us rest when we are heavy laden, but we have falsely perceived that it is only a temporary satisfaction until we come against another burden. However, when we find rest because we have learned from Jesus, we won't be seeking for it. His rest will have entered into our souls and our identity will be His. A common saying is, "feed a man a fish and he will be satisfied for a day, but teach the man to fish and he will be satisfied for a life time."
This rest is our inheritance today. We don't have to die to enter into the "Rest of God." We can find "His rest" and be in heaven, or we can keep requesting it until we someday get to heaven.
Jubilee means a long, loud blast from a Ram's horn. When we think about jubilee many of us connect the sound to what it causes: prosperity, healing, freedom, etc. If we are looking for what it causes versus hearing the sound then we will always be seeking and never find our jubilee. If we are able to hear the sound of jubilee we will not be concerned with the affect that it will have because we will know that "Christ in us" is our jubilee. "As He is, so are we in this world." The church is so busy preaching on the effect of jubilee that they are missing the wholeness of having His identity as their Jubilee today.
Jubilee is what God is saying today, not in the future. If God is saying something new, it would be very discouraging if the old way worked now. What God used to say was for the purpose of leading us to what God is NOW saying. If we act on the old, we will never produce the new. It was new when God said it, but it isn't new now. If we try to take what he used to say and apply it to our life to try and make it work now, it won't work and we will get discouraged. We have to act on what God is saying now; otherwise, we won't receive the promise that was created for us today.
Jubilee was NOT A SILVER TRUMPET. The fullness of our liberty is blown through a Ram's horn. Jesus was the Ram that died so that the horn could be blown. Our identity is in Him. Our mouth is the horn that must be blown to declare that our jubilee has come, captivity has been set free, and liberty is today.
We cannot go back to the days of the silver trumpet which was before Jesus Christ. He completed salvation for all mankind at Calvary. If we are to receive what God is saying to the body of Christ today, we cannot keep listening to messages about a silver trumpet of salvation with jubilee only attainable someday when we get to heaven. We must be listening for the sound of the Ram's horn within our innermost being declaring Christ in us. We are no longer before Christ, but after Christ. He finished everything! If we do not move forward by listening for the Ram's horn, we are putting limitations on our inheritance that is available for us now. God will only give us as much as we are willing to receive. If we put limitations or boundaries on our understanding because of doctrines or theology we limit receiving the inheritance that God has blessed us with today.
1 Corinthians 15: 51-57
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump (sound of the Ram's horn): for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead (ignorant of our true identity in Him) shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible (old Adam) must put on incorruption (Christ identity), and this mortal(natural, carnal understanding) must put on immortality (the mind of Christ). So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death (body, soul, and spirit) is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin (denial of the finished work of Jesus Christ); and the strength of sin is the law (justification). But thanks be to God, which giveth (we already have within our being) us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
When Jesus died and rose again, he gave us the right to respond to the Ram's horn in us. We no longer need the silver trumpet, but the appearing of jubilee from hearing the sound of the Ram's horn. We are the word of God today that has become flesh. We are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. As a result, words filled with His character and nature will come from our mouths. We are the Ram's horn of Christ.
The Ram's horn speaks of the fullness of God. We exalt Him when we blow this horn. Jubilee is a long loud blast that is unmistakable and irreversible when heard. When hearing the Ram's horn we cannot go back to just being saved, but must become the savior for others. However, to appropriate jubilee, it must be personified with knowing that "as He is, so are we in this world" (1 John 4:17).
Let's look at the life of David:
1 Samuel 16:1, "And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons." The prophet Samuel is told to take his horn, not a trumpet, and fill it with oil or anointing of a king that God has already provided. David was an anointed king while he was serving Saul (the king the people had chosen). He knew that he was king chosen by God, but he couldn't walk as king until the people received him in that position.
2 Sam. 3:39, "And I am this day weak, though anointed king;" Even though David knew he was the king; the prophet knew David was the king; and God knew David was the king; he did not become the fulfillment of what was already true until the people heard the sound that was declared by the horn that anointed David.
2 Sam. 5:1-4, "Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spoke, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel. So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and King David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign and he reigned forty years."
When David was a young man he became an anointed king by God, but it wasn't until he was 30 years old that the people acknowledged what was already true, and they anointed David as their king. Until then, David was a king serving under another king the people had given allegiance to; treated as a slave, and hiding in caves for his life had been threatened.
God completed all that was necessary to give us rights to be kings and lords, but we must fulfill it. As Jesus was the fulfillment of the law, we must be the fulfillment of His word. We are not supposed to put ourselves back under the law, but become the flesh of the Word. If we try to put ourselves back under the law while trying to include grace, we are declaring in our hearts that there is still more that Jesus needs to do in order for our jubilee to be manifested. In reality, His death, burial, and resurrection were enough.
Gal. 3:1-5, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? If it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?"
Gal. 3:10-13, "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, the man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:"
If we truly believe that Jesus is our salvation, we are not only saved, but we are the evidence of His salvation. We too demonstrate savior mentality which gives us the capability to do greater works than He did. Rom 6:16, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness." What or whom we yield ourselves to is what we will become. The lack of knowledge concerning our oneness in Christ creates boundaries which inhibits God from functioning through us; even though, "with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37).
If we don't know our true power and authority in Him, then out of our ignorance we will cause destruction instead of the unity of life. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6).
1 Tim. 2:1-6, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
We have received power in Christ to be a king, but ignorance of our own sovereignty in the Lord has created our own calamity. We are likened to the power of a hydrogen bomb out of control. Each time we speak, we may think that the words coming from our mouths are personal, but the truth is, every word we speak has the power and authority of a king connected to it. Proverbs 18:21, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." We are kings having the power of God, but are still growing up in knowing how to use it. We therefore create our own afflictions and catastrophes looking for King Jesus to come and clean up our messes. "Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases" (Luke 9:1). Whatever we believe, we receive, because we are kings functioning in the law of sowing and reaping using our thoughts and words as seeds that create our atmosphere. Through lack of knowledge and the ways of God, we become our own worst enemies. If we choose to settle with being servants unto death then that is what we will receive; but there is a higher calling on our lives today as the body of Christ.
Let's read Romans 6: 6-14,
"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace."
It wasn't until the people heard the Ram's horn, that they knew they had the power to control sin. They didn't know that their jubilee was already available to them. What used to be a physical Ram's horn created by the sacrifice of a literal Ram has become Jesus Christ, the Ram who died. The jubilee that the people experienced hearing the literal Ram's horn blown is the jubilee we have today because of what Jesus Christ did. However, the horn is not a literal Ram's horn, but the voice within us declaring: His death was our death; His resurrection is our resurrection; His sovereignty is our sovereignty; His Kingship is our kingship; As He is, so are we today in this world (1 John 4:17).
We need to understand that we should not be looking for the redeemed of the Lord, but know that we are the redeemed of the Lord. We do not need to look for the Son of God, but we are one in Him. When we hear the sound that "as He is, so are we in this word" we become the horn blowing the sound of jubilee. Knowing the result of the sound that is within us opens the gates of heaven and sets us free from whatever bondage is holding us captive. This is what Jesus declared in Luke 4, yet is still hidden today from most denominations because they don't want to give up the control and power the leadership has over the church.
God does not need to come back and anoint us again with another Jubilee. Jesus is our Jubilee. God provided Himself. We, the people of God, must stop waiting to be released someday from our bondages. We must hear the Ram's horn within us and start declaring our identity in God through our own mouth for "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matthew 12:34). Whatever we yield our understanding to is what we become. We don't have to plead with God for Him to do something that He has already done. When we do, we reveal our ignorance of understanding the ways of our Father. God already gave us our Jubilee. He isn't going to give it to us again. We must appropriate what we already have. The Kingdom of God is not "someday when we get to heaven after our flesh dies." It is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. The Kingdom of God is NOW. God doesn't change. We are the ones that must come into His rest to receive our inheritance today.
Jubilee was not just a season of 50 years, but the result of hearing a long, loud sound of the Ram's horn; "It is Finished" (John 19:30).
Joshua 6:2-5, "And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet (Ram's horn), all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up e