The Number 9 and a Year of Intimacy
As you know, we're in the year of 5779 on the Jewish calendar and in the year 2019 on the Roman calendar. Of course, we all use the Roman calendar here in America and in Western civilization, but both of these years end with the number 9. It's very interesting when studying Hebraic culture because we find that in looking at specific numbers, they actually have a deep meaning. So whenever we look at the ending number of a year, I think it's very interesting to understand exactly—Hebraically—how this number is approached in Scripture.
The number 9 has several different meanings that I want to broaden and expand on. First of all, the number 9 is the number of the Holy Spirit. When you read the Scripture, you find that there are nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, there are nine fruits of the Holy Spirit, and there are nine Beatitudes.
This year is really about you and the Holy Spirit coming into a place of intimacy and into a time of purpose—a year for you to get to know the Holy Spirit in a brand-new way. If you're not filled with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, I would encourage you to find brothers and sisters who can pray with you to receive this powerful, powerful impartation.
The Tower of Babel vs. Pentecost
I was in prayer recently and one of the things the Lord spoke to me was that in the book of Genesis, when the children of the earth were rebelling against God, they began to build a tower called the Tower of Babel. In the midst of that rebellion, God actually came down and scattered the languages of the people, and they went out in different directions because there was a scattering.
Now, on the day of Pentecost, God released from heaven the power of the Holy Spirit and He gave His church a common language—the language of the Holy Spirit. Before, there was scattering and rebellion, but God brought the language of the Holy Spirit to begin to bring a supernatural unity to His church and a supernatural dimension of His power. Jesus said, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you" (Acts 1:8).
A New Level of Dunamis Power
I believe that there's a whole new level of the dunamis power of God that He wants us to experience. A part of that power is in praying in tongues with other believers, because there's unity in that, and of course the Psalms tells us that wherever there's unity God commands blessing.
So if you're looking for blessing, find some people that you can enter into prayer and pray in tongues with, because I believe that this is a powerful dimension of the Holy Spirit—from scattering to gathering—and from this place there will come an amazing, powerful unity that God wants to bring.
A Season of Birthing
Did you know that the number 9 also really denotes the ending of a cycle? The number 9 is so pregnant with anticipation and expectation. This means it's a brand-new cycle, a brand new beginning, that God is bringing us into. It's a season of transition, but it's also a season of birthing.
Interestingly, in the Hebraic language, the ninth letter of the Hebraic alphabet that represents the number 9 is the word Tet. When you write the word Tet, it's the picture of a pregnant woman, and that's how you Hebraically relate to this year—this number 9.
I believe what God is saying to us this year is that as we have intimacy with the Holy Spirit, there is a conceiving that we will have—a conceiving of fresh vision, a conceiving of joy, a conceiving of health, a conceiving of understanding, and hearing the voice of God on a whole new level that He is bringing us into. And as this happens, we're going to become pregnant or expectant with the things of God.
I've been pregnant a few times, and let me just say to you, pregnancy is not always comfortable. Some of you may be going through an uncomfortable season but that's because you're pregnant—you're pregnant with things from God, you're pregnant with vision, you're pregnant with joy, you're pregnant with harvest, and you're pregnant with reformation.
God is moving in the earth today and we need to be pregnant with the purposes of God. We need to know how to pray in that point of pregnancy so that we can actually birth the things that God wants us to birth. If you're starting to feel a little tired, if you're starting to feel like things are a little heavy, it's probably because it's just about your time.
This is a year of expectation, this is a year of anticipation, this is a year of a brand new cycle, and a year that God's going to use you to birth some miraculous things for the Kingdom of God. Let your faith begin to soar this year because as you birth, the earth is going to be changed, your world is going to be changed, and the kingdom of God is going to advance.
Tom and Jane Hamon are the senior pastors of Vision Church @ Christian International in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Their ministry together is an example to the Body of Christ of a husband and wife team working in tandem and unity to accomplish God's purposes. Their ministry is characterized by a rich deposit of God's wisdom to provide apostolic covering for the Church, prophetic teaching and ministry, and demonstration of Kingdom anointing and power. They travel as an apostolic/prophetic team to the nations, imparting both the spirit of wisdom and revelation to establish the Church and break open territories through spiritual warfare for the Kingdom of God to be experienced in a powerful and practical way. Jane has also written several books, including her very practical work on Dreams and Visions, her call to marketplace ministers called The Cyrus Decree, and her proclamation over women in the Church to arise and be The Deborah Company.
This article originally appeared at elijahlist.com.
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