The Year of Peh and Bet
At the beginning of each new year, new season or new cycle, it is always beneficial to take time to listen to the Lord, to hear His heart for His Ekklesia and to align with His purposes in the earth. As we've entered the year 2022 on the Roman calendar, I wanted to first highlight the Hebraic year 5782 which began in September, and which I believe will help us find focus for this season. It is the year of Peh and Bet (focusing on the last two numbers).
Peh is the Hebrew word for eighty, referencing the decade we are in. Peh is also the word for mouth, speech and sound. It is the decade of the voice: a time when we must hear the voice of God as never before, but also recognize we are in a 'voice war,' with contending and competing voices all trying to control the narrative. We see this battle in our media and social media, and especially with the current 'cancel culture' that is raging in culture.
Isaiah 30:31 tells us, "The voice of the Lord will shatter [the enemy]" (emphasis mine). I believe we will see some great victories in this decade as God helps His people rewrite the narrative that is affecting regions and even nations. The word "Bet" (the Hebrew word for two) means house. I believe God is building His house for the future. The Church is becoming who she was created to be, with all authority, power and dominion. The true Church, the Ekklesia, is emerging in this hour to take her place and legislate God's divine purposes as never before.
As I meditated on the year 5782, I felt led to look up the Strong's Concordance number represented by this year. What I found was very encouraging! It was the Hebrew word "ur," which means to lift up [as in lift up your weapon; swing your spear]; raise up; to stir up self [as in to stir up power/strength, or to be stirred up by the Spirit of the Lord]; to open up the eyes; to awaken [as in Scripture when it says, "Awake, awake, Deborah..." (Judges 5:12), "Awake, awake...O arm of the Lord..." (Isaiah 51:9) or "...Wake up the mighty men..." (Joel 3:9)]. (Photo via Pexels)
Changing the Heart of a Nation
I definitely believe we are in an hour of awakening. God is allowing a great shaking in this year that will produce a great awakening in the years to come. We are already in the beginning stages of seeing both the shaking and the awakening.
I am reminded of the words of Charles Finney of the Second Great Awakening when he said, "A revival changes the heart of a man, while an awakening changes the heart of a nation." In John 20:22 (for the year 2022) it says, "...He [Jesus] breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit'" (emphasis mine). We must allow God to breathe on us in a new way this year, to fill us and empower us for this awakening.
Lord, send awakening to Your Church! Lord, send awakening to America. Lord, send awakening to the nations for the greatest last-days harvest ever seen on Earth!
One last thought on the Hebraic year is that it is a Shmita year, which is the seventh year in the agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah. It is considered a year of rest and release and carries an expectation of restored inheritance, supernatural provision and debt forgiveness. God has miraculous things in store for His people this year, but we must labor to enter into rest even as we press into all He is doing.
A Double Portion Year
It seems rather obvious, with all the twos in the year 2022, that God would decree a double portion year. However, when we look at the story of Elijah and Elisha we see that the request for a double portion aligns with this current Hebraic year. The phrase "double portion" (in Hebrew) is actually double Peh [Peh means "portion"]. This aligns with the year '82, or Peh + two, or double. In Hebrew it literally means a double portion year!
In the familiar story of 2 Kings 2, Elisha asked, "'Please let a double portion [Peh] of your spirit be upon me.' And Elijah said, 'You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if you do not see me, it shall not be so'" (verses 9-10, emphasis mine). I believe, in this double portion year, God is telling us we cannot afford to lose our focus. If we will keep our eyes on Him in the midst of all the shaking, He will bring us, individually and corporately, into the most supernatural, miraculous season we have ever seen, but we must stay focused in order to receive.
The Elisha Church Arising!
There is such a parallel in the story of Elijah and Elisha, who received his mantle, and Jesus and His Church, who received the Holy Spirit. When Elijah went up, his mantle came down, and Elisha was empowered to do miracles he had never done before. When Jesus ascended, His mantle came down in the form of the Holy Spirit and we, the Ekklesia, were empowered to live in the supernatural with signs, wonders and miracles. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
What we have received from Christ is far greater than that which Elisha received from Elijah! Yet we see, even in Elisha's limited authority, he still broke a curse off of a city and saw it transformed. He prophesied to kings, released multiplied financial provision for the widow, opened a barren womb, raised the Shunammite's dead son, healed the poisonous stew, multiplied bread so all could eat, released healing to Naaman the Syrian commander, healing him from leprosy, made an ax head float (recovering the cutting edge), revealed the traps of the enemy, caused blindness to fall on his enemies and prophesied the end of the besiegement of Samaria.
Jezebel was defeated during the time of Elisha, and time and again he shifted the power in the nation. Even after his death, a dead man's bones were thrown on top of his bones...and the man came back to life! There is an Elisha generation arising with the same type of power and authority, yet far greater because our mantle comes from the Holy Spirit, which dwells within us. We must arise and put the double portion to work!
My Decree for the Double Portion (Say It Out Loud):
I decree this will be my double portion year. I receive a new mantle for this new day. I take off the old mantle of limitation and fear, and instead I activate courage to step into the supernatural in a brand new way. I will stay focused to receive fresh Dunamis power from the Holy Spirit within me.
I stir up my most holy faith. Miracles are my portion. Signs and wonders are my way of life. I receive greater authority to represent You and Your Kingdom to the world around me. I receive my double portion of blessing and increase in every area. This will be my year of breakthrough in 2022!
[Please stay tuned for Jane Hamon's next article, where she will be speaking about the vision of "keys to unlock the more."]
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Vision Church @ Christian International
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.
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