A Shepherds Rod For The Biblical Year 5778 And The Gregorian Year 2018

Beloved people of God,
this prophetic word is meant to serve us as piecemeal and pointer for the next biblical year (note: 5778/2018).
I encourage the reader to pray over this word and to proclaim the plan of the Father over the coming year.
               (artwork from Simon Glimm)
The 20th of September 2017 And The New Biblical Year 5778
On the eve of the 20th of September 2017, the Jewish people enter the new biblical year 5778. As we are the wild shoots that were grafted into the noble olive tree and as such share in the nourishing sap or oiliness (note: anointing), this is also relevant for us (see Romans 11:17-18).
Romans 11:17-18:
17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
God's Apple Of His Eye
Furthermore, Israel is the apple of God's eye according to Zechariah 2:12b, with Jerusalem functioning as its pupil. As gentile Christians we benefit from viewing our lives and environment through Israel, so that we can enter our good future with Jesus Christ in confidence and with enlightened eyes.
Zechariah 2:8b:
… 8b – for whoever touches you (note: Israel) touches the apple of his eye –
The revelation we gain by proceeding this way, contains strategic measures which help us to position our lives in the center of the will of God and in His peace, as Epaphras prayed (see Colossians 4:12).
Colossians 4:12:
12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.
The Number “8”
As this year is connected to the Hebrew letter “Cheth” which has the numeric value of “8”, I would like to take a closer look at the meaning of this number, first mentioned in Genesis 17:12; here we find instructions for the circumcision of eight day old boys.
The circumcision was a sign for the covenant between God and the descendants of Abraham who is our forefather of faith.
Genesis 17:12:
12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner – those who are not your offspring.
Enlightened Eyes Of The Heart
In the new biblical year 5778, it is vital to be aware of His covenant which is connected to the enlightened eyes of our heart, as God circumcised our hearts through Jesus Christ (see Romans 2:28-29; Colossians 2:11 i.c.w. Ephesians 1:18-20).
Romans 2:28-29:
28 A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.
29 No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.
Colossians 2:11:
11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, …
Ephesians 1:18-20:
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, …
The Enclosed Garden
Living in covenant with God as our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ results in revealing His divine standard before men in the manner of an enclosed garden; this happens when we express our love towards Him (see 1 John 5:3).
1 John 5:3:
3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, …
This enclosed garden contains our identity as sons of God, as well as the relationship with God as our Heavenly Father.
Furthermore, this enclosed area compares to the first ever garden planted by God which is situated in the center of the area of „Eden – delight“ (see Genesis 2:8).
Genesis 2:8:
8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.
Love And Joy
This means, we are supposed to move in supernatural love and joy in the new biblical year 5778, and this is connected to discipleship and strength (see John 13:35; Nehemiah 8:10b).
John 13:35:
35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Nehemiah 8:10b:
10b Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
The Standard Of God, True Life And Honest Devotion
The standard of God includes His established order or commandments, by which we as His people get protection and safeguard the divine life, the full expression of which is the love of God.
We need to devote ourselves anew to the Heavenly Father in this biblical year 5778, in order to experience the power of His grace, in which are hidden the wisdom and knowledge of Jesus Christ (see Colossians 2:2-3).
Colossians 2:2-3:
2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
By true fellowship with God, the Heavenly Father, and by loving our neighbor, we are able to recognize new spiritual life which is also connected to the number „8“ (see Matthew 22:36-40 i.c.w. Isaiah 43:19).
Matthew 22:36-40:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (see Deuteronomy 6:5).’
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself (see Leviticus 19:18).’
40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Isaiah 43:19:
19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
The Holy Spirit wants to use the light of Jesus (note: spiritual revelatory truth) in a new way in us in the biblical year 5778, causing it to emanate from us, so that the people perceive Jesus Christ as a light, shining as through an open door from an illuminated room, hence they receive the chance to enter in (see John 10:9).
John 10:9:
9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
God-desired Confrontation
In addition, the biblical year 5778 is a year where the LORD confronts people with the strength of His established kingdom order, where they deliberately resisted Him.
This produces a possibility for these people where they may discern the living word of God for this time in order to position themselves anew in their lives and in the center of God's will (see Numbers 22:24-25a i.c.w. Matthew 21:33).
Numbers 22:24-25a:
24 Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides.
25a When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. …
Matthew 21:33:
33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a wine press in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.
God's Order And Protection
When we move in a territory set for us by God which contains the kingdom, the LORD grants us protection by His established order that includes His word.
The order of God functions as a strong fiery wall of protection for His people to consume all influences contrary to His will (see Zechariah 2:5).
Zechariah 2:5:
5 And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will be its glory within.’
The Supernatural “Ring Fence” Of The Lamb Of God
The Lamb of God also moves within a supernatural enclosure that contains life. This supernatural ring fence is made up of God's seat of government, the four creatures and the twenty-four elders (see Revelation 5:6).
Revelation 5:6:
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
We need to stay in the divine order, the Lamb of God is moving in, if we as saints want to work together with the Lamb of God from Revelation 5:6 in this time.
Here, it is about divine understanding of the order of eternal rulership (note: the throne of God), the eternal movement of the throne room through the various revelatory characters of the face of God (note: the four creatures => lion, ox, human being, flying eagle), and the eternal priesthood (note: the twenty-four elders).
As a consequence the living and eternal light can flow down to earth through the respective eye in the horn of the slain Lamb of God: This is the Spirit of God in the form of wisdom, understanding, council, strength, knowledge, and the fear of the LORD.
The four revelatory characters of the face of God are connected to the seven horns of the Lamb of God.
The face of the lion is connected to the Spirit of the LORD and the Spirit of the fear of the LORD.
The face of the ox is connected to the Spirit of strength.
The face of the human being is connected to the Spirit of understanding and council.
The face of the flying eagle is connected to the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge.
The Watchmen And The Eternal Light
Moreover, the LORD wants to visit the watchmen within the bride of Christ with His seven fold light of eternity in the biblical year 5778, so that they may discern coming spiritual movements rightly from their position on the wall (see Isaiah 62:6-7).
Isaiah 62:6-7:
6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, 7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.
The enlightenment of the watchmen leads to the bride of Christ being secured and strengthened as a spiritual principality (see Revelation 21:2.9b-11).
Revelation 21:2.9b-11:
2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. …
… 9b „Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.“
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
The wall of the anointed Jerusalem carries in itself the structure of the one new man in Jesus Christ, and it stands in a place where before there was the “wall of hostility” (see Ephesians 2:14-16).
Ephesians 2:14-16:
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two (note: Jews and believers from the Gentiles), thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
Remaining Protected In The Time Of Judgment
In the biblical year of 5778 it is important to realize that we remain protected when the judgments of God hit the earth, similar to the way, Noah, his wife and three sons and their wives were protected at the time of the big flood (see Genesis 7:7 i.c.w. 1 Peter 3:20).
Genesis 7:7:
7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.
1 Peter 3:20:
… 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, …
Judgment And God's Covenant
The time of God's judgment served to make them aware of the secret of the divine covenant, as there were only couples inside the ark.
It needs at least two people to come together in the name of Jesus Christ for Him to reveal Himself in their midst to confirm the supernatural contract/agreement (see Matthew 18:19-20).
Matthew 18:19-20:
19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
It is God's desire for the saints in His kingdom to be in true relationship with Him and each other: This means a real accord in the kingdom, so that Jesus Christ is revealed.
In the biblical year 5778, Jesus Christ wants to continue to reveal Himself in power through His people to point towards the new covenant in His blood which is connected to eternal forgiveness and eternal life (see 1 Corinthians 11:25 i.c.w. Hebrews 12:24).
1 Corinthians 11:25:
25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Hebrews 12:24:
… 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
Biblical Watchword For The Year 2018
The “Herrenhuter” biblical watchword for the Gregorian year 2017 is taken from Revelation 21:6b, where it states:
'To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.'
The Well And The Eye
The living water of this spring is closely connected with faith in Jesus Christ which means that streams of living water flow from within us to the people so that the glory of God is manifested before them (see John 7:38-39).
John 7:38-39:
38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
The verse from Revelation 21:6b mentioned above can also be translated as follows:
'I will manifest the power of my vision to him who yearns for the influence of my eye!'
This bible verse is a call to us as people of God in the New Year to ask for more from His prophetic spirit which evokes refreshment and renewal in our minds as well as in people's lives.
The Hebrew word for 'well' is '`ajin' and also means 'eye', which is the organ to see. (note: part excerpt from the Elberfelder study bible for the Hebrew word '`ajin - well, eye'; language code number 5984, 5985)
The Living Water And The Spirit Of Prophecy
This means that the living water reveals the power of the Holy Spirit, but also the power of the testimony of Jesus Christ which is the Spirit of prophecy (see Revelation 19:10e).
Revelation 19:10e:
... 10e for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
This means in connection with the statement from Revelation 19 that the living water contains what Jesus Christ has seen and which He communicates to our spirit so that we can express what Jesus Christ sees and speaks before the visible and invisible world (see John 5:19 i.c.w. John 12:49).
John 5:19:
19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. … “
John 12:49:
49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.
Amen and Amen.
A spirit-filled and sweet year 5778,
Daniel Glimm
Übersetzung: Margit Kelly