News

In order to view this object you need Flash Player 9+ support!

Get Adobe Flash player

Powered by RS Web Solutions

14 Blessings in 2014

 

The basic factor of Christian faith life is the promises in the Word of God. It is said that all the promises in the Word are ‘yes' and ‘amen' in Jesus Christ.  We live everyday in believing His promises. If so, it is good to see the significance of the year 2014 on the base of the Biblical understanding on the number 14. There are more than 50 places in the Bible the number 14 are mentioned. Here, in this article, only 14 important places are going to be looked into.

 

1. Double Measure of Perfection

The number 7 is shown as the number of perfection. There are so many places in the Book of Revelation as regarded as 7 which shows the nature of God, Seven Spirits, Seven Eyes, Seven Stars, Seven Lamp stands, and so on. In short, the number 7 is shown for perfection and 14 is 7x2=14, which means the double measure of perfection. Meanwhile, the Biblical numerology says that 2 resembles the incarnation of Jesus Christ. That means, the perfection of God took the form of a man and incarnated in flesh. So, this year we will believe that God will give a double measure of perfection in all means of our lives through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Where ever we feel lacking perfection in our lives, we will believe that this year, God will give us double measure of perfection.

 

2. Significant Timing, Number of generations

 

The symbolic meaning of 14 is prominent in Matt. 1.17. Mathew has divided the generations into 3 groups of fourteen each. Mathew was writing for the Jews who would be looking out for number symbolism in any text and who knew that David's number was 14 and the divine number three. Mathew didn't hesitate to leave out some of the fathers in order to get to the number 3x14. The symbolic meaning of the genealogy is more important than the actual names of the fathers through the generations for Mathew. Thus, when the genealogy of Jesus was written by St. Matthew, 1.17, he used the number 14 as a significant number. He divided the history from the time of Abraham to Jesus into three 14 generations. Though there were some other kings lived, he said that from the time of Abraham to David it was 14 generations, from David to the time of Exile 14 generations and from Exile to Jesus again 14 generations. That means 14 is an important number in counting the timing. So, we will believe that 2014 will be an important year in our lives. Some outstanding events will take place in our lives in this year!

 

3. Number of Genealogy - Year of God's revelation of Truth

 

Genealogy is listed in 14 places in the Bible. Generally, genealogy is used to prove the historicity of the events in the Bible. But we know that all these historical figures are focusing into the central character in the Bible who is Jesus Christ. That is the reason after the time of Jesus, no genealogy is written in the Bible. The places of genealogy are Gen.2.4, 5.1,6.9,10.1,11.10,27, 25.12,19, 36.1,9, 37.2, Num.3.1, Ruth.4.18, Matt.1.1- altogether 14 lists. The purpose of Genealogy is to show the genuineness of the Scripture. We will believe that this year the truth will be revealed. God will reveal His truth in our lives. We will see that Jesus will become more real to us in this year!

 

4. Nun, 14th Alphabet shows the Word

 

According to the Hebrew numerology, there is a relationship between the alphabet and the number. Nun is the 14th alphabet in Hebrew language. When the verses in Ps.119 were listed out under the Hebrew alphabets, 172 verses were given under 22 alphabets with 8 verses for each alphabet. Thus, under 14th alphabet, the various specialties of the Word of God have been explained (119.105-112). Though all the verses in Ps  119 speak about the same, 119.105 show one of the most significant qualities of the Word of God, ie, "The word of God is lamp to feet and light for path". In connection with this, further, we also see that there are totally 14 Epistles of Paul in the New Testament written for the new century church. Furthermore, there are many places we can see the connection between the fear of God and the Word of God in particular in Proverbs. The total number of verses in the Proverbs written about the fear of God is 14. So we will believe that this year God will reveal the mysteries of His Word so that we will walk in His fear. This year will be the year of God's Word for us! The Word will be lamp to our feet and light for our path!

 

5. Passover, the Lord passes by

 

According to Exodus 12.6, the Passover lamb was killed on the 14th day and the same day the Israel celebrated the Passover day. It can be seen that even in the time of Ezra, people of Israel was practicing Passover on the same day.  That day God destroyed the entire first born in the Egypt and He judged the gods in the Egypt (12.12). So, we also will believe that, just like on 14th day, Israel got complete liberation from Egypt, this 14th year of the 2nd Millennium, we will experience the victory we received through our Passover lamb who is Jesus Christ (1Cor.5.7) and every day and every moment in 2014, we will walk in this celebration of Passover given by Jesus!

 

6. Rest and Festival of Joy

 

In the time of Esther, Jews got victory over their enemies. During the month Adar, 14th day  they rested and made it a day of feasting and joy. Even now Jews celebrate this day as the day of feast and joy. They give gifts each other (Esth.9.14, 19) on 14th day. Thus they started a new period of freedom for them. Here the number 14 shows rest from enemies, sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration of joy. We also will believe that this year our sorrows will be turned into joy and the mourning into a celebration of joy! The day 14th was celebrated as the day of rest (9.17). Thus, we also will celebrate this year as the year of Joy, Rest, Freedom and Presents!

 

7. Reconstruction of Temple starts

 

Zerubbabel and the team of his people had been back in Jerusalem a year and in the second month of the second year they started to build the second temple, i.e., 12 months + 2 months = 14th months (Ezra. 3.8). We will believe that this year we will see the reconstruction of all the brokenness, the broken relationship, broken spiritual life and brokenness in the ministry.

 

8. Vision of the Temple

 

14 years after the Jerusalem was destroyed prophet Ezekiel had the vision of the New Temple (Eze.40.1). Temple resembles many things, but mainly the Church of God. This year God will give His servants a new vision of the Church of God. The destroyed churches, ministries etc will be rebuilt in this year!

 

9. Number of David

 

The geometric of David's name is the number 14, i.e., d+v+d = 4+6+4 = 14. In Hebrew, the name is spelled with the 3 letters, i.e., did. In Hebrew and in Greek, the letters were also used as number signs, so that the first letter of the alphabet stood for 1, the second letter for 2 etc. Therefore, d is 4th and v is 6th, thus the number of David became 14. Even though, there are so many things about David, one of the important things we should remember about him is the verse: "God gave him victory where ever he went"(2Sam.8.6, 14, 1Chr.18.6,13). Furthermore, David was known as a man after God's own heart (1Sam.13.14, Act.13.22). We know that God is the one who chose His servant David (Ps.78.70, Ez.34.23). In the New Testament, our Lord Jesus was known as the son of David (Luk.1.32, Rom.1.3, Rev.5.5). Jesus also takes David's name to state an argument with the Jews (Matt.12.3, Mk.2.25). So we will believe that this year God will give us victory where ever we will go and He will enable us to walk according to His heart as was in David's life.

 

10. Jacob's heart's desire

 

Jacob worked for 14 years to get Rachel (Gen.29.14-35, 31:41). 14th year was the final year of his waiting for his blessing. After Rachel became his wife, he got a total of 14 sons and grandsons altogether in Rachel (Gen.46.19-22). We also will believe that 2014 will be the final year of our waiting of God's blessings and answers of our prayer.

 

11. Arriving a shore

 

When St. Paul was taken from Jerusalem to Rome, the 14th day of storm, Paul got the crew to eat and they could start new on the island (Act.27.27). There they landed for some times and that day was their day of great comfort. We also will believe that this year we will arrive in our destination of joy and comfort. 

 

12. Joseph's promotion

 

Joseph was 17 year old when he went to search his brothers. There, his life of struggles started. He was sold to Medians as slave and then was put in the prison and thus 13 years passed by. In his 14th year, i.e., when he was 30 year old, he became the leader of the nation, Egypt( Gen. 37.2-41.46). The 14th year for Joseph was the year of promotion and the end of his struggles and sorrows. We also believe that this year we are going to see the promotion from God.

 

13. YHWH, Revelation of God

 

When God revealed Himself to Moses, He said His name as I AM THAT I AM, eventually coined the word by theologians as YHWH. The name of God revealed as YHWH is seen in 14 places in the Bible as follows. 

i. YHWH Aosenu, Lord our Maker, Ps.95.6

ii. YHWH Jireh, Lord our Provider, Gen.22.14,18

iii. YHWH Rapha, Lord our Healer, Ex.15.26, Ps.103.3, 147.3, Jer.3.22

iv. YHWH Nissi, Lord our Banner, Ex.17.15

v. YHWH Maccaddesham, Lord our Sanctifier, Lev.20.8, 21.8, 15,23,22.16,32

vi. YHWH Elohenu, Lord our God, Ps.99.5,8, Dt.1.6,19,20,25,41,2.33,36,37,3.3,4,7,5.24,25,27,6.4,20,24,25,29.28

vii. YHWH Eloheka, Lord your God, Ex.20.2, 3,7,8, 12. In the 16th chapter 20 times this name is seen

viii.YHWH Elohe, Lord my God, Ps.7.1, 18.28, 30.2,12, Josh.14.8,Ezra.7.28, Zec.14.5

ix. YHWH Shalom, Lord our Peace, Jud.6.24, Is.53.5, 9.6, Eph.2.14

x. YHWH Sebayoth, Lord of Hosts or Lord Almighty, Is.47.4, 48.2, 51.15, 54.5

xi. YHWH Rohi, Lord my Shepherd Ps.23.1, 

xii. YHWH Elyon, Lord Most High, Ps.7.17

xiii. YHWH Tsidkenu, Lord our Righteousness, Jer,23.6, 2Cor.5.21

xiv. YHWH Shammah, Lord is there, Exe.48.35

All these names show the different attributes of God. Moreover, these attributes are seen in the person Jesus. We will believe that this year God the Almighty will reveal Himself more clear to us!

 

14. Offering of 14 Lambs

 

There are seven days celebration in the feast of Tabernacle ( Num. 29.12-39).  In this offerings 14 lambs should be offered in all these seven days(Num.29.13,17,20,23,26,29,32). We know that the lamb for sacrifice in the Old Testament is Jesus Christ in the New Testament, because He became the sacrificial lamb for mankind.  Moreover, the name Jesus has been mentioned 14 times in the Book of Revelation, Rev.1.1,2,5,9,12.17,22.21, 1.9, 14.12,17.6,19.10,20.4,22.16,20,19.10. So, the number 14 very much resembles the name of Jesus. We will believe that this year is the year of Jesus. He will be the Lord of this year.

Furthermore, according to the tradition of the Church, it has been believed that while Jesus was carrying the cross for crucifixion, 14 points became significant on the way of the cross. This way is known as 'Via Dolorosa' which is a Latin word meant by 'way of suffering' or 'painful way'. It is a street in the parts within the old city of Jerusalem, held to be the path that Jesus walked, carrying the cross, on the way to His crucifixion. The winding route from the Antonia Fortress west to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, a  distance of about 600 meter(2000feet) is a celebrated place of Christian pilgrimage. The current route has been established since the 18th century, replacing various earlier versions. It is today marked by 9 stations of the cross; there have been fourteen stations since the late fifteenth century with the remaining five stations being inside the church of the Holy Sepulcher. The stations are as follows.

Station.1, Jesus is condemned to death located in the Antonia fortress, Jn.18.28, 19.26

Station.2, Jesus receives the cross, Jn.19.17,19

Station.3, Jesus falls first time under the cross

Station.4, Jesus meets Mary His mother, Jn.19.26

Station.5, Simon helps Jesus to carry His cross, Luk.23.26

Station.6, Veronica wipes the face of Jesus (according to tradition)

Station.7, Jesus falls the second time

Station.8, Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem,  Luk.23.26

Station.9, Jesus falls the third time

Station.10, Jesus is stripped off His garments, Mk.15.24

Station.11, Jesus is nailed to the cross

Station. 12, Jesus dies on the cross

Station. 13, Jesus is taken down from the cross, Jn.19.40

Station. 14, Jesus laid in the tomb and He resurrected from the death.

In short, the 'Via Dolorosa' is the way of our Lord and savior. So 14 resembles the way of Jesus from the sufferings to victory, ie, the resurrection. This year we will believe that we will walk in his way and see the resurrection in our lives. Because He took our sorrows, pain, infirmity and sickness(Mt.8.17, 1Pet,2.24, Is.53.5-7). We are going to see victory through Jesus in His ways. He became the Passover lamb as seen earlier and became the great sacrifice. 2014 is the year of our Lord! Year of Jesus!

 

In Short…

•Where ever we feel lacking perfection in our lives, we will believe that this year, God will give us double measure of perfection.

•2014 will be an important year in our lives. Some outstanding events will take place in our lives in this year!

•We will see that Jesus will become more real to us in this year!

•God will reveal the mysteries of His Word so that we will walk in His fear! The Word will be lamp to our feet and light for our path!

•Every day and every moment in 2014, we will walk in the celebration of Passover given by Jesus!

•We will celebrate this year as the year of Joy, Rest, Freedom and Presents!

•This year we will see the reconstruction of all brokenness - the broken relationship, broken spiritual life, brokenness in the ministry etc!

•The destroyed fellowships, churches, ministries etc will be rebuilt in this year!

• God will give us victory where ever we will go and He will enable us to walk according to His heart as was in David's life!

•2014 will be the final year of our waiting of God's blessings and answers of our prayer!

•We will arrive in our destination of joy and comfort. 

•We are going to see the promotion from God.

•God the Almighty will reveal Himself more clear to us!

•We are going to see victory through Jesus in His ways. He became the Passover lamb and became the great sacrifice. 2014 is the year of our Lord! Year of Jesus!

 

 

 

    

233592