On the 18th of September 2020, we entered a New 5781 Jewish New Year. The Jews over the world are celebrating Rosh Hashanah, which is two days long, began at sundown on September 18th and continues through nightfall on September 20th.
5780 was not just another year. It’s the letter “Pey” year. It is shaped like a mouth , and the meaning of it is “to speak, to blow, word, speech, breath.” It is not the silence that brings reality into being, but the words we speak which change things around us.
As you know because of COVID-19 there was a try to stop us speaking. Actually, the enemy hated and dreaded so much of 5780 that he tried to shut us up, wearing masks, not socialising. But in spite of all the turmoil, God was and is still in control.
We can talk a lot about how bad the year was, but God is good and He wants us to look at 5780 as the year of revaluation.
We can look back and see what our mouths spoke during those few months. Were our words filled with faith? Sadly, we were bombarded with “bad mouth” news. You probably have heard so much rubbish and negativity in the news, in social media, at homes.
Yes, lessons have to be learnt. The way we did things before have to change. Over the years we devalued ourselves or our achievements. 5780 was the year when there was a moment to stop, to think, to change the course and then to hold a course for success and prosperity. Our lives had to readjust. During 5780 we had to revalue ourselves, our lives, our future.
In spirit, I see the ship is changing its course. The Lord is preparing us for something greater than it was. Are we ready to sail into 5781 with confidence that the Lord is going to do great and mighty things in our lives and the lives of those who do not know God… yet?
5781 – What Is God Saying?
What is God saying concerning this coming year 5781 or 2021?
We are still taking the letter “Pey” into 5781. Why? Because the letter “Pey” represents 80. There are two letters we have to pay close attention to: the letter “Pey” or number 80 and the letter “Aleph” or number 1.
There are a few points which the Lord is highlighting for the New Year:
1. Boldness to Speak
In Joel 2:28 the Lord says that in the last days He will send His Spirit on all men and they will speak God’s Word.
The Lord is raising up men and women of God in these last days who will be very bold to speak the Word of God. The timidity has to leave. Maybe you are timid thinking that you are not very good with words. Moses did that. Do you remember? “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” (Exodus 4:10)
Paul said to Timothy these words, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
The Lord is encouraging timid and fearful. He is encouraging those who think nobody would listen to them but it’s not the words which save, but it’s the Spirit of God Who is behind the words Who saves.
It is the Holy Spirit Who gives you mighty power. It is the Holy Spirit Who gives you love for people. It the Spirit of God Who can fill your “Pey” or mouth with the words of grace, healing, hope, wisdom, encouragement, affirmation and comfort.
2. There will be New Faces – New Leaders
People who God is raising up are going to be new to a world community. You will see some known leaders will step down, some will pass away, and the new leaders will rise up. I see them as servants of God but then given much higher responsibilities. I am not just talking about a Christian community. It will happen globally.
I still wonder what would be like if Moses decided to do what the Lord asked him to and speak to the rock? Would Joshua be still in the shadow of Moses?
The Lord does not want you to be in the shadow of a man. He wants you to take a lead. And there will be many who will step out of their comfort zone and do that. What about you?
3. You are Never too Old
You are never too old to start a new thing. Moses was 80 years old who was called to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.
So, there are no excuses. You are not too old and it’s not too late for anything. 5781 is not just an invitation to young people. It’s for those who are willing to step into their calling.
According to WHO statistics, the life expectancy was increased by 5.5 years between 2000 and 2016 and it will continue to increase. God knows what He is doing. He is increasing human life expectancy and He has got the reason behind it.
The date of your birth does not determine your future and what you can or you can not do. You can be 80 but be as fit as a 25-year-old. God’s plans are always perfect and the depths of God’s wisdom and knowledge can never be measured! (Romans 11:33) His plans for you are far beyond your imagination. Do not put the limits on your life, on your dreams, on yourself.
There will be leaders who are in their 80s, and people will accept that fact as normal.
4. Supernatural Healings will Increase
The letter “Pey” also represents God’s mouth. It is God Who was in the beginning and Who spoke the world into existence.
There will be more people whose mouths will be like God’s mouth. In Psalm 107:20 it is written, “God sent His WORD and HEALED them, and delivered them…” (Psalm 107:20) – this will start happening more and more.
God’s people will be God’s mouth and when they speak, people will be healed and delivered. There will be no need to travel long distances to touch someone. The words which will be sent forth from another corner of the world are going to produce fruit.
5. Strength from God to Lead
The letter “Aleph” or number 1 in pictograph looks like an ox and it represents the strength and power of God. It’s only in God we can find strength and power to do things.
Last year was about the mouth, but this year the Lord is adding His strength which will enable us to do His will. God’s words and His strength and power are coming together.
Maybe in 5780 you prayed, you spoke and you did not see results? You probably felt tired of fighting seeing nothing in return. In 5781 you will have the strength to start and accomplish what the Lord has put in your heart.
Moses had the sign of strength and you will have the sign of God’s strength this year.
Moses took the burden to free people from the oppressor. This year the Lord is giving you the strength from above to carry the burden and free yourself, your family and people at your job or communities from the oppressor.
6. This is the Reset – The Beginning
Yesterday we tested our fire alarm. The whole building was buzzing, beeping, making the loud sound until we clicked the reset button.
5780 was like that fire alarm, the year of buzzing, beeping. It was the year when people were given time to think and revalue in order to reset things and unlock their new future and new possibilities.
5781 is the beginning of something new. We are building our lives with the Lord. The foundation was laid in 5780 by us speaking the word of God into our lives, into the situations. But this year we start building on that foundation and as I mentioned before we have strength from above to do that.
7. Warfare is Still There
Adding 8 and 1 give us the number 9 or the letter “Teth”, which reveals good and evil. It looks like a basket and also looks like a snake around the basket. So, the snake is still around. You need to be aware of the enemy, but not to be afraid of him.
The provision is released, but the enemy wants to steal the provision. We need to humble ourselves before God; stand up to the devil and resist him. (James 4:7)
The Letter “Teth” also tells us to surround ourselves with people who have faith. We have to be very careful who is around us. Are we in the group which talks behind people’s backs? Or are we in the group which thinks how they could see more healings on their streets?
Get away from negative group gatherings. During the warfare, you do not need the negativity around you. On the contrary, you need those who can take you to your mountain. “Give me this mountain”, said Caleb. You have got mountains to take. There is no time for negativity.
Number 1 or letter Aleph represents God. Last year, you had to use your mouth to speak into your future, but this year your words and God’s words are coming together. The letter Aleph connects heaven to earth. God is connecting the words of life you spoke in 5780 with His words this year.
8. You Will Have Protection of God
The letter “Teth” also talks about protection. There will be flowing protection over you in 5781.
You should not fear the future or the evil schemes of the devil. The Lord is promising His protection over you.
Will 5781 be an easy year? No. After the reset is not easy to start over again. It’s like a new journey, moving to a new house or to a new country. You need time to adjust, to find a job, to unpack the boxes, find new friends, new community, learn on the job.
When you know the path which you take every day, everything becomes so familiar. You even can close your eyes and imagine all the turns you make. You know all the dangers and how to avoid them. On the new path, there are still unknown things to you. But when you start walking, you start learning.
“Do not be afraid,” the Lord is saying to you. In the midst of difficulties, the Lord will be your refuge and shield. He will be the light unto your feet and He will protect you from downfalls.
9. The Meaning of Numbers 5, 7, 8 and 1
Now we are going to look at each number or Hebrew letter.
Number 5 = Letter Hey looks like a man with raised hands , which represents God’s creative power.
Number 7 = Letter Zayin represents a plow and it means weapon, sword and nourishment.
Number 8 = Letter Chet represents a wall , and it means separation.
Number 1 = Letter Aleph represents an ox , and it means strength, leader.
So here is the summary of these 4 letters:
God who is the creative power and Who is the beginning of all things has given you the burden for the people and He is encouraging you not to look backward to your past, but keep plowing and continue being useful to God’s Kingdom realm.
For the weapons of your warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God. (1 Cor. 10:4). It is energised with the divine power which will bring healing, nourishment, food to people. It will dismantle all the false defenses behind which people hide, and give them the new hope and restoration of all things.
At this hour you must come out of gatherings where there is unbelief, separate yourself from those who have bad influence on your life and present yourself as the living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. God has commissioned you to represent Him and in the meantime the Lord will protect you and guard your heart from evil.
You are appointed by God to lead and He will empower you to do that. He will renew your strength because you put your hope in Him. The words you speak are the words of wisdom. They are like deep waters that spring from within, building up those who have the desire to learn and live a different life.
Do not be weary doing good. Remember that the Lord will reward you for the good you do.
Prayer Over You From Psalm 121
And I would like to finish with the prayer from Psalm 121, which is the key Psalm for October 2020 month:
“The Lord is your true help and protection, Who made the heavens and the earth. He will guard and guide you, never letting you stumble or fall. God is your keeper, He will never forget nor ignore you. God will never slumber or sleep; He is the Guardian-God for His people, YOU.
Jehovah Himself will watch over you; He’s always at your side to shelter you safely in His presence. He is protecting you from all danger both day and night.
He will keep you from every form of evil or calamity as He continually watches over you.
You will be guarded by God Himself. You will be safe when you leave home and safely you will return. God will protect you now, and He’ll protect you forevermore!”
We pray you and your family have a happy, healthy, wealthy, prosperous New Year! Amen.