8 Januarie 2016

The meaning of the date chosen for the launch: 08 January 2016

Marikha told me that the Lord was insistent about the specific date to be chosen for the launch.  As I was wondering about this later on, God revealed to me that the year, month and day He had chosen all had a hidden meaning. He had, in this way, given me the key to unlock the hidden meanings behind the numbers.  He told me in my spirit that I was to write the date with the year first, then the month and lastly the day, namely 2016-08-01. This is the order in which events are related in the Word. In Genesis 8: 13 we read about the date that Noah removed the covering of the ark (just as the covering of the flesh is put off by the circumcision of Hebrew babies): “And it came to be in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month… (The Scriptures).

Tonight is a Friday night which is the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath, which in Jewish literature, poetry and music, is described as a bride or queen, as in the popular Shabbat hymn “Lecha Dodi Likrat Kallah (come, my beloved to the [Sabbath] bride).”” (“Judaïsm 101 – The Nature of Shabbat@ www.jewfaq.org)

Larger numbers in the Bible are often multiplications of the meanings of the basic numbers, thus combining their significance. In dealing with the year 2016, it is then best broken up into its component parts, being 2000 + 16. It follows then that to understand the meaning of 2000 one first has to understand the meanings of 2 and 1000.

The Number 2 – to divide (and by extension to judge, to discern or to set apart); to witness;    agreement.

On the second day of creation God ‘divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament.’ (Genesis 1: 7, NKJV) Later, after He had created dry land and the Seas from the water under the heavens He judged His own work and found it pleasing.  In verse 10 it is written: ‘…God saw that it was good. ’Another example is found in 1 Kings 3: 24 – 28. Two harlots came before king Solomon, each claiming that a certain baby was theirs. The king threatens to cut the baby in half and to give a half to each mother. By seeing which mother was prepared to give up claim to the baby in order to save it, he is able to judge who is telling the truth.

Two or more witnesses have always been the guideline used by God for establishing agreement of truth. (Numbers 35:30; Deut. 17: 6.) Two is also the number that establishes that what is being said is truthful. In Matthew 18:15 the advice is given that if a brother sins against you and you talk to him about it and he doesn’t listen, you are to “take one or two more with you, that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word  may be established.”  Likewise, in Luke 10:1 the 70 followers of Christ are sent out two by two, the numerical symbology of this being that they went with the power of the truth of God’s Word. Two is the numerical symbolism of a truthful (faithful) witness or testimony, as one comes in agreement and confirms the witness of the other. In Revelation 11: 3 – 4 the Lord’s two prophecying witnesses bear testimony to the truth.

Agreement, discernment, set-apartness (holiness) and balanced spiritual sight are other meanings of the number two. The human body is prophetic of divine numbering, so just as two eyes in the natural give a balanced view, one can deduct the deeper meanings hidden in the rest of the body. In Matthew 18: 19 – 20 (World Messianic Bible) Yeshua (Jesus) says:  “… if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in the middle of them.”  

The Number 1000:

According to Paula Price, Phd. a thousand years refers to “the heavenly and eternal calendar imposed on earth and its inhabitants and their affairs.” It is also “the timing mechanism of prophetic activity, propositions, and purposes. Revelation 20: 2 – 7; 2 Peter 3: 8.” (The Prophet’s Dictionary, p. 558) The thousand-year day of the Lord applied to earth means that God marks His work on earth in terms of His day, not the days of man.

The Number 2000:

The number 1000 refers to “maturity”, but when it is multiplied by 2 to become 2000, it no longer refers to the beginning of maturity, but to mature judgement. In the book of Joshua 3: 34 the people were told to stay two thousand cubits behind the Ark of the Covenant, which the Levite priests were carrying. They were to use mature judgement in following their leaders. However, for born-again believers there is no longer any space between us and God, because Yeshua (Jesus) made an everlasting blood covenant for us, so that we can freely enter into the Father’s presence.

It then follows that the number 2000 will also mean maturity of truthful witness or testimony; maturity in holiness and discernment, and so forth, for all the meanings of 2 multiplied by 1000.

The Number 16:

The year 2016 = 2000 + 16

Sixteen is symbolic of love; the power of love and salvation: The Scripture encourages Christians to become perfected in God’s love – not merely by obeying the Commandments, but also by following the full spiritual intent of His teachings. As is written in Matthew 22: 35 – 40 (World Messianic Bible; capital letters my own): “”One of them, a Torah scholar, asked Him a question, testing Him. “Rabbi, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Yeshua said to Him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. A second likewise is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  The whole Torah and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.””  This duality of perfected love is represented in terms of Hebrew Number Symbolism as 8 = 8 = 16.; In 1 Corinthians 14: 4 – 8 the apostle Paul mentions 16 distinct characteristics about the quality of love that God wishes us to have, because they reflect the nature of His love.

The 16th time that the word “love” is used in 1 John it says, “There is no fear in love… but perfect love casts out fear… He who fears is not made perfect in love (1 John 4: 18 WMB).” It is almost unbelievable that fear and unperfected love could be connected, but it is written in the Word so that we can measure ourselves against this principle.

Lastly, it is interesting to note that the number 16 is but one of two numbers that is written differently from the conventions of writing numbers in the Hebrew language, so,  as to avoid writing the name of God. This goes to show the importance of the number of love!

The Number 8 – put off, sanctify, die, death. By implication – new beginnings, new life, resurrection

The verse that probably reveals the correct meaning for “eight” better than any other verse in the Scriptures is Genesis 17:12. Here God tells Abraham that “he who is eight days old will be circumcised among you, every male throughout your generations, he who is born in the house, or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your offspring.”  In verse 10 God says this of circumcision: “It will be the token of the covenant between me and you.” The correct root meaning for this number is “put off”. For those of us who are born-again believers in Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) it is very important to take note of Colossians 2:11, Amplified Bible: “In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh (the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts). This refers to circumcision of the heart – a new beginning! Romans 2: 28 (World Messianic Bible) puts it so beautifully: “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God.”  

The number eight is also the number of resurrection.  When we are born-again we are resurrected from death into eternal life. The resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus) is our ultimate New Beginning! Counting inclusively as Hebrew people do, He rose on the first day of the new week from the day He was crucified – the eighth day. In this sense “eight” is the new “one” as it indicates a new beginning for those who are born anew. “Blessed (happy, to be envied) and holy (spiritually whole, of unimpaired  innocence and proved virtue) is the person who takes part (shares) in the first resurrection! Over them the second death exerts no power or authority, but they shall be ministers of God and of Christ (the Messiah), and they shall rule along with Him a thousand year.” (Revelation20: 6). 

Number One – meaning first – in time, rank, order, or importance; also means new; beginning, unity, partnership; new beginnings; divinity.

Number one is God’s number!

 Throughout the Bible “one” is used primarily to indicate God himself, the one true God – it refers to His divinity. The number one commandment is “I am the Lord your God… you shall have no other gods before me” (Deut. 5: 6 and 7.) One finger indicates the finger of God: “The Lord delivered to me [Moses] the two stone tablets written with God’s finger.” (Deut. 9: 10) When Yeshua (Jesus) was accused of casting out demons by Beelzebul (the devil), He answered them: But if I by God’s finger cast out demons, then God’s Kingdom has come to you. (Luke 11: 20) When the plagues befell the Egyptians, even one of the magicians recognized who the power behind the occurrences when he said to Pharaoh, ”This is God’s finger”. (Ex. 8: 19)

The Bible, quite appropriately starts with Genesis 1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… There was evening and there was morning, the first day.” (verses1 – 5 World Messianic Bible)

The number one stands for unity, for it stands alone and cannot be divided. “Hear, Israel: the Lord is our God. The Lord is one” (Deut. 6:4 – WMB.)

In Ephesians 4: 4: “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one immersion, one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all.” That is why we are encouraged in verse 1 and 2 that we should bear with one another in love; “being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Jesus prayed that His followers all may be one, as You, Father are in Me, and I in You; that they also be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as we are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17: 22-23).

Jesus is called the first of the firstfruits by the fact that Christ (the Messiah) became the first to have been raised from the dead (1 Corinthians 15: 20.) “Christ (the Messiah) [is] the firstfruits, then those who are Christ’s [own will be resurrected] at His coming.” (1 Corinthians 15: 23)  He is the first of many to be resurrected to eternal life. “Blessed (happy, to be envied) and holy (spiritually whole, of unimpaired innocence and proved virtue) is the person who takes part (shares) in the first resurrection! Over them the second death exerts no power or authority…” (Rev. 20: 6)

In Revelation 1:8 (World Messianic Bible) we read: “I am the Alef and the Tav, (“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End”, Amplified Bible) says the Lord God, He who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Number one is always the beginning and marks the commencement of all. So we should always begin with God, so that there can be unity, harmony and success!!!

Written by Lizbè van Deventer © 2016