In 2009, Jesus gave me a summary of the next three years prophetically in 3 very simple statements.
Aligned, defined and assigned in 09
Enter in in 2010
Open heaven in 2011
Some of you may be aware that on Sept 8 we passed into a new year on the Jewish calendar. We are now in the year 5771 which will correspond to the upcoming year of 2011. I have been praying a lot about the next year and what it holds, what revelation Papa would like us to be aware of.
I want to be as the Sons of Issachar who understood the times and knew what to do. Here is what I am sensing based on the hebraic meaning of the year we just entered into, as well as what Papa has been speaking to me directly.
5771 year of is the year of ayin aleph. Hebrew numbers are actually also letters and have many layers of meaning.
Ayin or 70 (the number of the decade) speaks of the eye, seeing and understanding. It is a silent letter that sees but does not speak, which can speak of humility. It can also mean eye or fountain, speaking both of prophetic insight/revelation and wisdom.
It is a decade for the opening of eyes, of increased vision and revelation. This year is the year of aleph, the letter which is also used for the number 1. So in this year, eyes will be opened to the meanings associated with aleph.
Aleph is the “father” of the Hebrew alphabet. It is the
symbol of the ox, which represents leadership and strength. Derivatives of aleph symbolize the breath of God and the mysteries of God
As depicted in the image to the right, aleph has two “yods” or ”arms” – one above and one below. The arm above reaches to the heavenly realm – the arm below to the earthly realm. As Jesus lives in us, we can expect to be those who bridge heaven with earth. It is indeed a year of open heaven.
It is a year when heaven will begin to invade earth afresh as we realize our place as the carriers of another realm.
Jesus often has me take note of Biblical passages surrounding the numerical value of the year. While some things are merely amusing, some have the weight of revelation of them. Here is what I have been soaking in recently.
our fight must be found in rest
Ex. 20:11 “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
It is the establishing of a new 10 year cycle and first fruits must be given to the Lord. 2011 is a really key year to seek Jesus for new strategies and adjustments. One of the biggest redirects I sense He will be taking us into is a new revelation of our warfare being released from the realm of rest.
In the last few weeks there has been an intense battle in this realm for me personally. I have had some hard choices and some wonderful victories! In the middle of the storm, what do we do? Panic? Or snuggle up with Jesus in the bottom of the boat? Or better yet- let our rest become a dance in His arms on the waves of the storm.
a time when inheritances are won… and lost
Num. 20:8-10 “Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock before their eyes, that it may yield its water. You shall thus bring forth water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their beasts drink. So Moses took the rod afrom before the LORD, just as He had commanded him; and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. And he said to them, “Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?”
Num. 20:11-12 Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and awater came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their beasts drank. But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”
It is a critical time in all our dealings, especially as leaders, that we don’t just do WHAT Jesus is telling us but HOW Jesus is telling us. Inheritances are far more often lost on the how, than the what. If Jesus says speak to the situation, we must not strike it instead. It is a time to lean into the wisdom of the Lord as never before.
fruit will speak
Prov. 20:11 It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself if his conduct is pure and right.
See my post on discerning divination for more on that!
vindication is his
Jer. 20:11 But the LORD is with me like a dread champion; therefore my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will be utterly ashamed, because they have failed, with an everlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten.
1John 2:10- 11 The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
There has been a huge increase of the workings of the spirit of detraction seeking to slander and bring division to the Body. The spirit of detraction usually also operates with the spirits of perversion (literally means twisting, ie twisting perceptions/truth) and deception. Often this whole cycle is started by picking up the bait of an offense. We cannot afford to be offendable!
Offense creates a breach, a tear in the spirit which is like a welcome mat for the spirit of perversion and the the others to come in. We have to be so careful to guard our hearts because from them flow the issues of life, or death.
In this season, deception and lies will be increasingly exposed and dealt with. Those that have been slandered and persecuted because of detraction, hang on, God is with us like a dread champion. We must pray for those who persecute and are being used by the enemy to bring deception. And we must remember our fight is never against flesh and blood. We love our brothers and sisters, even if they are being borrowed for enemy purposes. We walk in love and forgiveness, setting boundaries of truth and freedom. We allow God to arise as a man of war on our behalf!
Even if others chose darkness and walk in confusion, we choose to live in the light of Love knowing Love never fails.
walking in his ways
Ezek. 20:11 “I gave them My statutes and informed them of My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live.
It is a time for learning the ways of God like never before. Not a legalistic observance, but the intimacy that comes from a dance where we are in time with His lead and His step. It doesn’t help to be an expert at the rumba if Jesus is leading in a waltz!
1Pet. 2:10-11 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
John 20:11 But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb and she saw two angels sitting…
In the places of the greatest seeming loss and defeat, expect visitation! The angels came and then Jesus Himself appeared… the very impossibility of His presence in her mind kept her from recognizing Him until He called her name. This will be a season where Jesus meets us in the tombs of our greatest losses and brings revelation and restoration of Himself. There we will find He is MORE than enough for us. The winter seasons of loss are giving way to spring as we press into Jesus.
Song 2:11 ‘For behold, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.’
bow low and kiss the son
Psa. 2:11-12 Worship, bow low and serve the LORD with awe and reverence and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
This is one of my favorite passages in all of Scripture. This year it is a time when we will be drawn deeper into revelation His mysteries, of who He is as our Father and in the place of worship we will be prepared for encounters of intimacy, that in turn will equip us for our destinies.
The word “kiss” in the Hebrew is nashaq. It literally means to equip with weapons. It is in the place of intimacy what we will receive all the weapons and things we need for our journey ahead. All fruitfulness comes from the kiss of heaven. All fruitfulness comes from intimacy with Jesus. It is a year this must be guarded and cultivated as never before.
There is an increased invitation for revelation of true bridal intimacy and the discernment of false love or the spirit of prostitution. I personally am returning this year to meditating in Song of Songs and Hosea and revisiting revelation from 10 years ago.
It is a time of breathing His breath and being so close to Him, we are guided by His eye.
May Jesus sweep you off your feet into His embrace, romance you beyond reason and dance with you into a year of open heaven in 2011!