The Hebrew year 5777 began October 2, 2016. It is called “Rosh Hashanah.” I remember because I flew into Jerusalem to speak and arrived as the New Year began.
One of the other speakers Chuck Pierce, was scheduled to speak. I always love to hear Chuck, especially his explanation of the meaning for the new year. He was supposed to share his insight into the new Hebrew year 5777, but had to cancel at the last minute. The conference host asked me to speak in his place. This forced me to do some quick praying and seeking. The subject matter was new to me, but as I pressed in what I discovered lined up with my entire experience on the front lines of the political storm overtaking America.
Something struck me about the significance of this new year, 5777. There are three “7’s” in this Jewish new year. Interestingly, the number “7” in Hebrew is the letter “zayin” which represents both the number “7” and the word for weapon or “sword.”
But before we go there…
Let’s go back and establish what God has been doing during this past Hebraic decade. 2010 was the transition to the year 5770. 70 is significant because the value of 70 is the same as the letter “Ayin” which “means to see.” It is also the number of the nations. By the end of this Hebraic decade (2010-2020) we will fully see that God is after NATIONS – Sheep Nations. We will also see that the devil is solidifying an alliance of Goat nations in response. It is going to get very intense but very glorious. We are getting spiritual eyes to see into the realm of God and the plan of God to disciple the nations. We are also seeing into the realm of the enemy and how the powers of darkness are working through fallen man to produce chaos and conditions ripe for Satan’s manipulation of nations and counterfeit of the kingdom. In summary: what we are “seeing” since 2010 is a decade of deeper prophetic perception coming upon the front lines of the body of Christ.
Looking at in 5777 we see “5” first. This is the year of supernatural grace (5) to engage the clashing of swords (7). The grace of God will give us access to the “rest” of God, which came on the seventh day. This grace/rest will keep us in a place of strength so we don’t wear out.
The clashing of heaven and hell will show up in the conflict of ideologies. The swords will collide as two incompatible spirit realms clash through vessels under their influence. This collision of kingdoms has already started in the political mountain, but will expand to all seven!
The election cycle exposed something insidious about how the enemy has invaded America to turn it against Christ and Christian values. The parable of the “tares” tells us that Satan plants people “while men slept.” (Mt 13:25) Where does Satan plant them? He plants among the fields of harvest, at the gates of influence where popular culture is formed through News Media, Hollywood and Academia. Pop culture is upstream, and politics is downstream. A new narrative about America was being formed upstream and new politicians were rising downstream to advance it. God used a man in the business sphere and sent him into the sphere of government, just like David was drafted to deal with a giant while working for his father’s family business. What does that tell you? Expect God to send outsiders into Arts and Entertainment to shake things up. Likewise, expect God to use youth (your children perhaps?) to shake up Academia right on the campus. We will also see ministers shifting spheres into Government to advance the kingdom! Many of you will see vocation shifts and geographic reassignments.
Things will change quickly. Remember where we were in 2015? An intimidating form of thought tyranny was rising under the guise of “political correctness.” This continued until God released a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness in the form of a defiant political outsider named Donald Trump. The bias of media has now been exposed, along with the adolescence and irrationality of Hollywood celebrities. But there is a counterpunch coming from the dazed and desperate spirits operating in and through the progressive ranks. They are reorganizing as we speak.
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5777 is the year of the clashing of swords! We have crossed over into a place where our spiritual warfare is being played out in the institutions of nations. We are taking on giants just like the children of Israel did. I choose to believe what Caleb said in Numbers 14:9, “Do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”
The number “7” or “Zayin” means more than just “sword” or “weapon.” It also connects with a modern Hebrew word “mazon,” meaning “food” or “sustenance,” and “nourishment,” both coming from the same root as Zayin.
Caleb saw the giants in the land not as obstacles but as bread. I believe that as you take on your giants and defeat them they will become nourishment for you! What you bow to will increase your bondage but what you overcome will increase your power! I like what prophet Wayland Henderson says: “The meaning of the letters that represent 77 is a powerful truth God is about to display this year. The letters for 77 are the Hebrew letters “Ayin” which has a value of 70 and Zayin which has a value of 7. “Ayin” and “Zayin” spell the word “boldness”. If we flip the letters to “Zayin” “Ayin”, it spells the word “fear”. This will be a year that boldness will overcome fear through the power of intimacy with Yeshua.
The enemy will be bread for you IF YOU FEED YOUR SPIRIT on the bread of heaven – the Word of God. Jesus says in Matthew 4:4: “But he (Jesus) answered and said, it is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” The Word of God is the bread you eat that becomes a sword in your mouth! In this new year, 5777, God will open up His word (logos) to you and reveal a “sword”(rhema) in the scripture! When you see it–grab it. Speak what God gives you. Prophesy and proclaim what you see. Expect your utterance to authorize angelic activity through your prayers! As the Apostle Paul said, “take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” (Eph 6:17)
Expect God to increase our alignment with each other this year as the “doers” pass through the ranks of the “talkers” and the clashing of kingdoms, words and ideas unfolds in the public arena.
Be Bold, Joshua!