As we enter the New Year 5780 and 2020, let us bless the coming days and thank the Father for giving us life.
Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.
Before going into this prophetic word for the New Year, let’s recap Rosh Hashanah and the 7th month. Most Americans celebrate the New Year in January, but many are starting to observe what the Father proclaims to be His time of reckoning.
Rosh Hashanah starts on the first day of Tishrei (or Tishri), which is the seventh month in the Jewish calendar. This year it begins on Sunday, September 29th and ends on October 1st. It is occasionally called the Day of Blowing the Shofar/ The Feasts of Trumpets. The tribe for the month of Tishrei is Ephraim, Joseph’s son.
“Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation” (Leviticus 23:23-24, NASB). “And in the seventh month, on the first day, there shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall not perform any mundane work. It shall be a day of shofar sounding for you” (Numbers 29:1).
Remember the old hymn,
“When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time will be no more.”
Think, returning King, our Messiah Yeshua.
In the Jewish calendar, the year can begin on two different days. For religious purposes, it starts on the first day of Nisan. “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.” (Exodus 12:2, NASB). This makes the month of Tishrei, the 7th month of the Jewish year the beginning of the civil calendar. Rosh Hashanah/ Feast of Trumpets covers two of the 10 High Holy days that conclude with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Instead of party hats, football and excessive alcohol, we take time to inspect our fruit and repent of anything we may have done or said to our neighbor or any sins we may have committed in the past year. This ends with a mournful fast on the Day of Atonement and then comes Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) the season of our joy. This is the time when our King Jesus/Yeshua returns to rule and reign with us a thousand years. All the Feasts are about Yeshua.
The standard greeting during Rosh Hashanah is L’shanah tovah (“for a good year”). This is a shortening of “L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem” which means “May you be inscribed and sealed (In the book of Life) for a good year.”
While praying over what to write concerning the New Year, a passage seemed to spring forth off the page. Although at first, I did not see any numbers that were revealing of the year ending in 80 or 20, the passage kept calling me to look deeper at these new beginnings.
Here it is:
“From the Gadites there came over to David in the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for war, who could handle shield and spear, and whose faces were like the faces of lions, and they were as swift as the gazelles on the mountains. Ezer was the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third, 10Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, Jeremiah the tenth, Machbannai the eleventh. These of the sons of Gad were captains of the army; he who was least was equal to a hundred and the greatest to a thousand. These are the ones who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was overflowing all its banks, and they put to flight all those in the valleys, both to the east and to the west” (I Chronicles 12:8-15, NASB).
These were men who could handle spear and shield.
Does this remind you of Nehemiah? Remember, when they began to do the work, their enemies arose to stop the building.
“When our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had frustrated their plan, then all of us returned to the wall, each one to his work. From that day on, half of my servants carried on the work while half of them held the spears, the shields, the bows and the breastplates; and the captains were behind the whole house of Judah. Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon. As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me. I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated on the wall far from one another.” At whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” (Nehemiah 4:15-20).
Nehemiah was thought to be from the tribe of Judah. Yeshua, our King, from the tribe of Judah, will rebuild His house and bring unity. But what does all of this have to do with the Gadites and the New Year?
Gad was the seventh son of Jacob and father of the tribe of Gad, one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Gad is the tribe for the month of Elul, the month of introspection as we prepare for the Fall Feasts.
Gad was Zilpah first son but Leah’s fifth. We are entering the 5th year of the seven-year cycle.
“The etymology of the name Zilpah comes from the verb זלף (zalaph). Its meaning is to drip, sprinkle, and pour.” Abarim Publications.
What starts out as dribble becomes enough to pour. Picture a seed dropping and then seeds pouring forth. Picture a drop of water–a drop of oil becoming a mighty outpouring.
“Troops will sally forth from Gad, and they will come back on their own heels.” (Gen. 49:19)
“What is stated in the Zohar is well-known, namely, that [the name “Gad”] alludes to “the white coriander seed.” (Ex. 16:31)The name “Gad” is also the word in Hebrew for “coriander.” In the verse quoted, the manna is described as being similar in appearance to this seed.
By adding a yud to the word “gad” (which is spelled gimel-dalet), the word for “nerve,” “sinew,” “male reproductive organ” (“gid,” spelled gimel-yud-dalet) is produced.
What we gain from this is that the verse describing the manna can now be read: “…it was like the white seed of the male reproductive organ” and Moses’ blessing to Gad as: “Blessed be He who expands the male reproductive organ.”
Gad is spelled with the Hebrew letters Gimel and a dalet.
“Third Hebrew letter: Gimel Numerical value of three. Pictographic meaning to ripen, reward, nourish, mature, recompense, benefit, foot, and camel.
“Dalet Numerical value of four. Pictographic meaning door, draw out or in, knock, path, way, portal to heaven, dominion, control, bough, and branch. “Grace in Torah Numbers.
I am not sure how to describe what I am hearing, but it is as if Abba is connecting seven and eight. Think stretching our tent pegs.
Leah names Zilpah’s son, Gad, saying, “A troop is coming.” Jacob blessed Gad on his deathbed, saying: “Raiders will raid Gad, but he will raid at their heel” (Genesis 49:19)
I do believe in this year of 5780/ 2020, a troop is coming, and this troop will make a sound! These raiders will be unlike the previous years due to their ability to work and hold a weapon. The body is maturing slowly before our eyes. May we acquire 20/20 vision in 2020.
“The Hebrew number twenty esrim (n) Manhood. The age of accountability for those counted among the people for service, war, and worship. (Ex. 30:14; 38:26, Lev. 27:3, Num. 1, 1 Chron. 23:24; 27:23) Doubling of the number ten (a congregation). Maturity, accountability, being counted, expectation.” Grace in Torah.net
This new troop will need to keep their eyes on Kingdom building and not on this world or the cares of this world. They will be as an army, a company of soldiers who will have ‘good fortune.’ They also will have a voice as pey has the numerical value of 80 and means mouth, to blow.
As the shofar sounds at the New Year, a troop is coming; a troop is here. They have traveled out of a Babylonian system. Even those still encased in it will be seeing more and more how they have been taught lies by men who often meant well. The troop is coming into the Babylonian system as more of His truth, and His Torah enters the ‘churches.’
How many people does it take to make up ‘an army–trop?’ To make a SOUND?
“Menachem Kaiser is a journalist who published an in-depth article on Hebrew Roots for Tablet magazine. He reports that while the number of Hebrew Roots members is hard to quantify, there are 200,000 to 300,000 followers, most of whom joined in the past 15 years.”
A troop is coming.
A troop is here.
A troop is coming!
A troop is here!
Psalm 119 ministry has a map that shows believers all over the world who are keeping His set apart Feasts days and His holy Sabbaths. To view the map, click HERE.
Although Gad is the seventh son of Israel, I felt as if Abba was connecting the 7th son and the 8th in this year of 5780. Gad and Asher were brothers.
I hear a prophetic voice rising up among the Body with a different message. There was a prophet who came to David during his time of testing with King Saul, this man’s name was also Gad, and he encouraged David to flee the strongholds and go to Judah.
“Then the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold. Depart and go into the land of Judah (Praise).” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth” (I Sam.22:5).
This Prophetic word from Gad lets us know how we can fight our enemies by opening our mouths in praise. Gad, along with David and the prophet Nathan, “stationed the Levite’s in the Lord’s house with cymbals, harps and lyres” according to the preparations “from the Lord through His prophets.” Gad is described as David’s seer in 1 Chronicles 21:9.
Although Gad would be surrounded and pressed, he would overcome. Let’s look again at the prophetic word given by his father.
“Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last. The threefold alliteration of the original, which is lost in the received translation, may be thus expressed: “Gad – a press presses him, but he presses the heel’ (Keil); or, “troops shall troop on him, but he shall troop on their retreat’ (‘Speaker’s Commentary’). The language refers to attacks of nomadic tribes which would harass and annoy the Gadites, but which they would successfully repel.” Pulpit commentary
Isn’t it interesting that this troop has the face of a lion? Could it be because they are image-bearers and reflect the lion from the tribe of Judah, Yeshua HaMoshiach? Judah was the 4th born son of Leah. The sun, moon, and stars were created on day four, and we are exiting year four and coming into the 5th year (Fruitful multiplication) of the Shmita/Shemittah cycle. I believe these faces that are as lions are very prophetic. The body, HaShem’s army is taking on His appearance as they keep His holy set apart days and begin to walk in obedience, but this Gadite army doesn’t just walk, they are swift as the gazelles on the mountains. A gazelle or running stag represents Naphtali’s banner. The biblical phrase is “Naftali is a hind let loose.”
This troop is let loose and climbing to higher heights. Connection attained through wrestling and struggle births Naphtali.
“Naphtali gives beautiful words” (Gen 49:21). Here we see the pey/80 again as the troop looks like Yeshua and they sound like Yeshua. Beautiful words speak LIFE!
Naphtali was the sixth son of Bilhah; Gad was the seventh son of Zilpah. The 8th was Asher.
“Before Jacob passed on, he also blessed his twelve children individually, giving them prophetic messages about the future of their tribal dynasty. To Asher, he said, “From Asher will come rich food, and he will provide royal delicacies.” The Midrash uncovers another layer of meaning behind this blessing. The Hebrew word used here for “rich” is shmeinah. The same four Hebrew letters also spell the word shmoneh, “eight.” Asher will raise children who wear eight garments, says the Midrash, namely the eight garments worn by the high priest.” For more on this study, click HERE.
Before we can wear the priestly garments, we must speak beautiful words and run as a troop, unified! This means we also must speak beautiful words concerning our brother Judah. May we be a troop who blows the breath of Adonai and sounds the alarm to wake up. What does this army look like? How do they march?
Before the return of Messiah, things are going to get dark. The prophet Joel warns of a future event.
“Gird yourselves with sackcloth
And lament, O priests;
Wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth
O ministers of my God,
For the grain offering and the drink offering
Are withheld from the house of your God.”
Consecrate a fast,
Proclaim a solemn assembly;
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
To the house of the LORD your God,
And cry out to the LORD.
Alas for the day!
For the day of the LORD is near,
And it will come as destruction from the Almighty” (Joel 1:13-15, NASB).
By the time we get to Joel two, he tells us this will be a day of darkness and gloom. He describes a people like locust invading the land.
“Blow a trumpet in Zion,
And sound an alarm on My holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
For the day of the LORD is coming; (The Day of the Lord is a 1,000-year timeline)
Surely it is near,
2A day of darkness and gloom,
A day of clouds and thick darkness.
As the dawn is spread over the mountains,
So there is a great and mighty people;
There has never been anything like it,
Nor will there be again after it
To the years of many generations.
3A fire consumes before them
And behind them a flame burns.
The land is like the garden of Eden before them
But a desolate wilderness behind them,
And nothing at all escapes them.
4Their appearance is like the appearance of horses;
And like war horses, so they run.
5With a noise as of chariots
They leap on the tops of the mountains,
Like the crackling of a flame of fire consuming the stubble,
Like a mighty people arranged for battle.
6Before them the people are in anguish;
All faces turn pale.
7They run like mighty men,
They climb the wall like soldiers;
And they each march in line,
Nor do they deviate from their paths.
8They do not crowd each other,
They march everyone in his path;
When they burst through the defenses,
They do not break ranks.
9They rush on the city,
They run on the wall;
They climb into the houses,
They enter through the windows like a thief.
10Before them the earth quakes,
The heavens tremble,
The sun and the moon grow dark
And the stars lose their brightness.
11The LORD utters His voice before His army;
Surely His camp is very great,
For strong is he who carries out His word.
The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome,
And who can endure it?
12 “Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
“Return to Me with all your heart,
And with fasting, weeping and mourning;
13And rend your heart and not your garments.”
Now return to the LORD your God,
For He is gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
And relenting of evil. (Joel 2:1-13).
In Chapter three we see an all-out battle.
“For behold, in those days and at that time,
When I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
2I will gather all the nations
And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat.
Then I will enter into judgment with them there
On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel,
Whom they have scattered among the nations;
And they have divided up My land.” (Joel 3:1-2).
Proclaim this among the nations:
Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men!
Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!
10Beat your plowshares into swords
And your pruning hooks into spears;
Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”
11Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations,
And gather yourselves there.
Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones.
12Let the nations be aroused
And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat,
For there I will sit to judge
All the surrounding nations.
13Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.
Come, tread, for the wine press is full;
The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.
14Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15The sun and moon grow dark
And the stars lose their brightness.
16The LORD roars from Zion
And utters His voice from Jerusalem,
And the heavens and the earth tremble.
But the LORD is a refuge for His people
And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.
17Then you will know that I am the LORD your God,
Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain.
So Jerusalem will be holy,
And strangers will pass through it no more.” (Joel 3:9-17).
We often forget about such a day. We often overlook or lack taking time to meditate on a King and His mighty Voice. It thunders louder than the heavens. Stronger than a hurricane. It resonates — it pleas with us to rend our hearts and not our garments. His Voice is like the sound of many waters. The number 80 seems to cause one to meditate on that.
The seventeenth Hebrew Letter Peh has a numerical value of 80 and means mouth. The letter pey has the letter beht hidden inside of it. This represents a house. Our words hidden come forth. Out of the abundance of our hearts, the mouth speaks. Our mouths tell others multiple things about our condition. Moses was 80 when he stood before Pharaoh and led the children of Israel out of bondage. Actually, Pesach means the mouth speaks. Moses, the man who told HaShem that he could not speak, speaks mightily! We can too! What did Moses have to say concerning Gad?
“Of Gad he said,
“Blessed is the one who enlarges Gad;
He lies down as a lion,
And tears the arm, also the crown of the head.
21 “Then he provided the first part for himself,
For there the ruler’s portion was reserved;
And he came with the leaders of the people;
He executed the justice of the LORD,
And His ordinances with Israel.” (Deut 33:20-21).
This is exciting. Perhaps this year will be a season of many coming out of Egypt and crossing over, even over the Jordon. Remember our Gadites who had the faces of lions, they were the ones who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was overflowing all its banks, and they put to flight all those in the valleys, both to the east and to the west! May we be like them!
The valley is full of our enemies. They camp there. Let’s look to be sure.
“Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys; turn tomorrow and set out to the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea.” (Numbers 14:25).
“Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the sons of the east assembled themselves; and they crossed over and camped in the valley of Jezreel” (Judges 6:33).
“Now the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the sons of the east were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as numerous as the sand on the seashore.” (Judges 7:12-).
“David made a name for himself when he returned from killing 18,000 Arameans in the Valley of Salt.” (II Samuel 8).
But, even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil. Our Shepherd will care for us and prepare a table before us in the very presence of our enemies.
One of the reasons this passage popped out at me was not just the strength of the Gadites but due to the eleven men mentioned (Eleventh month comes before the New Year) and a hidden prophetic picture of this troop. Since we are entering 2020, and the eleventh Hebrew letter: Khaf has a numerical value of twenty, I wanted to share the meanings behind their names. Let’s look at all eleven of these with David (Beloved). I believe David represents Yeshua as well in this passage.
“Ezer was the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third,…”
Ezer means help, support, treasure, and covenant.
His covenant is a treasure worth more than silver or gold. It will support us and help us.
The genuine Ezers of the Bible are a five-fold:
“A Judahite (1 Chronicles 4:4).
An Ephraimite (1 Chronicles 7:21).
A Gadite (1 Chronicles 12:9).
A son of Jeshua (Nehemiah 3:19).
A postexilic priest (Nehemiah 12:42).” Abarim Publication.
Look at this carefully. We have a Judahite—a member of the tribe of Judah.
An Ephraimite—the tribe of Ephraim (Joseph’s son).
(One stick in His Hand).
Then we have Ezer the Gadites from the tribe of Gad.
Moses allocated land to them on the eastern side of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. (Joshua 13:24-28). They were given first fruits in a sense.
And Ezer, the son of Jeshua or Yeshua. The name Jeshua is a shortened form of the name Joshua (salvation). Yeshua was also High Priest.
The next man’s name is Obadiah, a name I have used often for my blog ministry. Obadiah means Servant of Yahweh.
Eliab means My God is Father.
Mishmannah means to grow in fatness! Think 8th Day and Asher.
Oh, I want to shout right now.
Jeremiah means elevated of the Lord, and Yahweh appoints, establishes or sends.
Attai means a proper time.
We are growing, and He is sending His troop in His appointed time.
Eliel means My G-d is G-d.
Johanan means Yahweh is gracious or He graciously gave.
Elzabad means God has given.
Jeremiah is listed as both number 5 and number 10, as Yahweh establishes and appoints.
And number 11 is Machbannai which means bond of the Lord. David makes 12 for a total as the 12 tribes.
Remember, this troop had astounding strength.
“14These of the sons of Gad were captains of the army; he who was least was equal to a hundred and the greatest to a thousand.”
Think about this spiritually.
At Rosh Hashanah, we have the coronation of the King.
“According to the Biblical prophecy, Yeshua will return to Jerusalem to begin a one-thousand-year reign.
With the blast of shofars, he will be crowned as King over all the earth and sit on David’s throne. We will rule and reign with Him as a heavenly Kingdom of royal priest. Remember the eight garments?
From Grace in Torah Numbers, written by Kisha Gallagher, let’s look at the number Eight.
“Shemoni [f.], shemonah [m.] Literally to “make fat.” New beginnings, not just complete (like seven), but satiated. Becoming “fat” is having more than enough. Full to overflowing. Moves from natural to supernatural. Transcends natural time and space to supernatural realm. Figuratively, eight takes one through a full cycle of seven, and begins anew – the One Day – Yom Echad – of creation.
Eighth Hebrew letter: Chet Numerical value of eight. Pictographic meaning wall, fence, protect, new beginning, separation, sin, outside, olam haba.
Shemini Atzeret, the last great 8th day of Sukkot, asks one to linger (add to overflowing) one more day with YHWH.
King David, a prefigure of Messiah Yeshua, was the eighth son of Jesse (a multiple of four [number for scepter, government, authority, and rule]). (1 Sam. 17: 12-14)
Eight passes the completed work of seven and moves one into the realm of the supernatural or the world to come. It also depicts new beginnings as Hebraic thought sees time and the calendar as cyclical, rather than linear. It is a doubling of four or authority and government. Thus, eight is a re-creation of the House/Tabernacle/Temple of YHWH. Coupled with the letter “yohd” (also the symbol for 10), creates the Hebrew word chai or LIFE.”
Blessed be he who expands Gad. May our seed multiply. May it drip, drop and pour out like water. May a troop come forth this year armed and ready to build. May their vision not be lacking and may their mouths speak beautiful words.
May it be Your will, God, and the God of our ancestors, that You renew for us a year good and sweet like honey.
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