There is an order to everything! Just like a baby “hears” their parents voice. Then the baby “sees” before it “speaks”, so has God provided us 10 years to open our ears and eyes to “hear” and “see” before He has provided us 10 years to “speak” forth what He is revealing to us!
From the beginning of time, God instituted, and has used His calendar. It is a “Lunar” calendar dictated by the phases of the moon. In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII introduced the “Gregorian” calendar which is based upon the earth circumventing the sun. It is a “Solar” calendar. The people on earth started using this “Gregorian” calendar, but God never stopped using His “Lunar” calendar. God’s Lunar calendar is in the year 5780, the Gregorian year of 2020.
The Hebrew years of 5770-5779 was the decade of 70’s. In Hebrew, the number 70 is represented by the Hebrew letter Ayin ( ע ). This is symbolic of the all-seeing eye of God.
In the Bible, frequently, sight is referenced as a symbol of human understanding (see Genesis 3:5; Jerimiah 5:21). In Psalm 119:18, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” and Psalm 119:37, “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways” we see that sight is applied to spiritual insight which occurs from studying God’s Word.
In Ephesians 1:17-18 we see sight is a direct gift of God given through His Spirit:
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
In Genesis 3:5-7 the Bible talks about where Adam and Eve’s sight was opened, and innocence is lost.
We must take special care of our sight and what is seen. In Job 31:1, Job talks about the covenant he has made with God concerning his eyes and in Psalm 101:3 David says he will not allow anything that’s worthless to be seen by his eyes. Then in verse 6 David says he will look with favor on the faithful of the land. We must be very careful what we allow our sight to gaze on. In Matthew 7:3-5 even talks about how our sight can be damaged or obscured and can become the channel of spiritual evil.
We sometimes describe Prophets as “seers”. In 2 Samuel 24:11 we see that Gad was David’s “seer”. These special “seers” have been especially gifted by God with spiritual insight from Him. In Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation, we see where “the heavens were opened” to disclose mighty visions of deity. These are apocalyptic visions, where God is seen.
Let’s not forget about the “ear” and hearing which is synonymous with the mind and the heart. Through hearing we can acquire knowledge and understanding through, experiences and our senses. In Job 34:16, ““If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.” (ESV) we see that true hearing involves us listening and understanding what we hear. In 1 Samuel 8:21 we see where Samuel listened to the words of the people and then repeated what he heard to the ears of the LORD (God). I love Psalm 17:6, “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.” (ESV). Our prayers and petitions to God first begin with us requesting God to “listen” to our words!
“Words”….that brings up my next thoughts!
We have now entered into 5780, a decade of the 80’s. In Hebrew, the number 80 is represented by the Hebrew letter Pe ( פ ). This is symbolic of the mouth!
I have been telling people and praying for months:
Abba, in Ezekiel 47 it talks about rivers and banks. The definition of a “bank” is lips. The banks are our lips and the rivers are our words flowing out of our mouth. Ezekiel 47:9 implies double rivers, so I decree and declare this day that what comes forth out of our mouths, as long as it’s in alignment with Your word, brings down a double portion, a double blessing from heaven into earth!
Do you ever think about your lips? Okay ladies, I know you think about them when you put on your lipstick, or men, when you apply Chap-stick, but I’m talking about the Biblical meaning of your lips. Throughout Scripture when lips are mentioned they are related to the heart which produces the words we speak. Psalm 31:18 talks about how a person that’s speaking untruth has “lying lips”, “Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.” (ESV). Proverbs 10:18 talks more about “lying lips”, “The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.” (ESV). In Proverbs 12:19 it talks about how truthful lips will live forever. In Job 15:6 Job talks about how our own mouth can condemn us. David, in Psalm 141:3, cries out to God asking Him to put a guard over his mouth (the door of his lips).
Metaphorically, the mouth is an opening into the inner person. Through this opening the soul is revealed, and our “heart” is revealed by what comes out of our “mouth”. Stop and think, our mouth is more than just a device we use for external speech. In Joshua 1:8 he connects our mouth with knowledge and thought. In Psalm 19:14, David prays, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (ESV). Matthew 12:34 tells us, “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (ESV). Our mouth can reveal our moral character! In Romans 10:10, Paul shows how the confession and faith parallels, “For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (ESV)
In Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (ESV) we see where he is telling us the mouth is more than just used for speech. Here Joshua connects the mouth with knowledge and thought. Prior to the writing of Moses, nothing was written down to read from generation to generation, they memorized the teachings by reciting it and verbally passed it down from generation to generation.
In Matthew 15:11, “it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”” (ESV), Jesus tells us that it’s not what goes into our mouth that defiles us, it’s what comes out of our mouth that defiles us. Inner emotions are so often revealed by what comes out of our mouth. That’s why David prayed in Psalm 19:14 that the words that came out of his mouth would be pleasing and acceptable to God.
In Proverbs we see where it pictures our lips as producing food (not taking in food). Our lips bring forth words which are the “fruit” when we talk. Just as we are nourished when we use our lips to take in fruit to nourish our body, so are our lips used to spiritually nourish our soul and the souls of others.
The last several months, God has had me studying Ezekiel. This is one of my favorite Books of the Bible!
In the last part of Ezekiel 36 God has promised his children the gift of a new heart and spirit (36:26-27). But, before this can happen, the coming of God’s spirit (rûaḥ), must bring life to the “dry bones”.
In Ezekiel 37:1-14 we see the “third vision”, it’s about “The Valley of Dry Bones”.
Every bone we have in our body supports our body in some form or fashion. In Ezekiel’s Valley of Dry Bones, the Spirit of God is lacking just like in the nation of Israel. If the bones are destroyed, then all hope of return is destroyed (Ezekiel 37:11). Passover regulations prohibited any of the bones of the sacrificial lamb to be broken, they were to preserve the integrity of the essence of the sacrificial lamb. (Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12). In John 19:33-36, John talks about the presentation of Christ as the “complete Lamb of God” and says that Christ’s bones were not broken at crucifixion (which was the standard then), so as the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy in Psalm 34:20 would happen. Just think, bones are the last surviving part of an individual, and in the Bible, we learn that bones were to be treated with respect.
In the first few verses of Ezekiel 37 we see where Ezekiel was brought, by the Spirit of the LORD, and set down into a valley, in the middle of very many dry bones which were very dry from the exposure of the hot sun. God asked Ezekiel a seemingly simple question, “Can these dry bones live?” Just think, God was asking him if these bones that had been lying in the hot sun so long that they had dried out, no visual sign of skin on them, and they had been bleached out by the sun. This takes many months or years to happen. Knowing that there was no human way life could be brought back to these dry bones, Ezekiel was very careful in how he replied to God saying, “O Lord God, you know”. In other words, he was saying “God, only You know if life can be brought back to these dry bones.
God’s response back to Ezekiel was “prophesy to these bones”! In other words, open your mouth and speak the words I give you! God’s words are his breath and His breath creates life! In Genesis, we see where God “spoke” everything into existence except for Man! With Man, God “breathed” life into him. Ezekiel 37:5 tells us, “Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath[a] to enter you, and you shall live. 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”” (ESV).
Ezekiel does as God instructed, opened his mouth and prophesied to the dry bones. As he was prophesying, there was a mighty sound of the rattling of the bones as they came back together, skin began to form on them, but there was no breathe in them. Ezekiel 37:9-10 says, “ 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.” (ESV). Did you see what God told Ezekiel to do? “Prophesy to the breath”! “Breath” (rûaḥ) can be translated as either “wind” or “spirit.”. When Ezekiel prophesied to the “breath”, he was speaking to the re-creative power of the “ruah” bringing about the transformation. When the prophet spoke forth what Yahweh told him to speak, it was the signal for the present, dormant “ruach” to be activated and for the “ruach” to begin work. The word of Yahweh came out of the mouth of Ezekiel through his “breath” (the wind from creation), which is the spirit creating the effect! New life and new hope replace death and despair by the ruach!
The “ruach”, the wind-spirit-breath, is working within creation to make creation alive again when we speak forth what Yahweh tells us to speak. Like some women, she works quietly without being seen. She is a mystery to many, never speaks but the evidence of her presence is quite plain. She makes things “move” and is only known by her “effects”. She responds to those who in a close obedient relationship with Yahweh. Our intentions and speech cause her to act when it’s in obedience to Yahweh. She makes sure when a Prophet is given a word(s) by Yahweh and the Prophet speaks forth the word(s), she ensures the fulfillment of the word of Yahweh. But, listen up…when the Prophet speaks forth the words from Yahweh, she achieves the results of the Prophet’s declarations in a creative, fresh and unpredictable way. As in Ezekiel 37, she enlivened the bones in response to the word of Yahweh. The ruach only works to bring to realization and promote the word of Yahweh.
The next 10 years is about our “mouth”. It’s about allowing the Prophets of God to “freely” open their mouths and speak forth that which God has given them to speak. It’s about the sons and daughters of the living God opening their mouths in prayer and speaking forth things which are not as though they were (Romans 4:17). It’s about calling forth heaven to earth! Now is the time for all of God’s sons and daughters to open their mouths and allow Yahweh to fill our mouths with His Words activating the “ruach” to awaken all the dry areas of our lives, our cities, our counties, our states, our countries to “awaken” to the sound of His voice, His breath and come back to life! Oh, how the sound of worship penetrates the heavenly realm.
Just imagine all of God’s sons and daughters, aligning their prayers and voices to be in harmony with each other speaking forth things which are not as though they were. What a SOUND there would be. With every great move of God there’s a great sound that will shift the atmosphere and “church as usual” will be no more! A new hunger and thirst has arrived as new sons and daughters come home! The spiritual realm of heaven is quaking with activity as the sounds from earth are heard in heaven.
In conclusion, the year 5780, or 2020, is the beginning of a decade where “what we speak forth out of our mouth” is of utmost importance! Just as Ezekiel prophesied over dry bones and the breath of God, we should be speaking life and using our words to support and nourish life. Question…How do you speak words of support and nourishment over life when the only thing that comes out of your mouth is doom and gloom? Circumstance in situations do not define us. God defines us. Out trust and faith are in God. Therefore, if our trust and faith is in God, then we speak words of life and words that support and nourish life. Speaking words of doom and gloom give the enemy permission to continue a full-blown frontal assault.
What I’m saying is, while the reality of facts is indeed reality in the physical realm. It is not necessarily so in the spiritual realm. We may be faced with adverse circumstances or situations. We may have received a critical diagnosis. We may see loved ones in dire straits. But that does not mean that we must speak words enforcing those circumstances, situations, or diagnoses. We do not speak of what we know in the physical realm. We must speak of what we know God can do and has done in the spiritual realm. When Ezekiel prophesied over dry bones, and the breath of God, the nation of Israel was resurrected and restored. This is the decade when our words flowing through the river of our mouth and banks of our lips shall have the greater impact!
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