Hebrew Year 5780 (2020): A Year to Widen Your Mouth in Wisdom or Zip It Shut

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If you are at all familiar with last year’s prophetic outlook post titled “A Look Ahead: 5779 (2019) The Year to See the Snake in the Grass” then you know well how much the Holy Spirit longs to prepare the Children of God for what is to come. Before you continue reading what to expect this next year and in the next decade, I encourage you to read again last year’s prophetic outlook and see how it measured up to your experiences during the year. If you’re ready to read ahead, scroll down to Symbolism Behind the Hebrew Letter “Pey” to begin understanding what’s in store for the church, our globe, and our personal lives in the decade of “Pey” the Mouth.

Understanding of the times and seasons is nothing new to the Tribes of Israel, indeed, it’s even understood within Nature itself. Even before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the sons and daughters of the Tribe of Issachar were known to have a deep understanding of the times, and they knew by faith what it was that would need to happen next in order for the Jewish people to align themselves with God’s plans.

And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (I Chronicles 12:32).

Today’s times are no different. Especially thanks to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, those who have understanding of the Spirit of God have access to the Throne Room of God and are, likewise, able to see and hear what is on Heaven’s Agenda for the coming times. Holy Spirit filled believers are invited to join the children of Issachar to have understanding of the times and to know what it is the new Israel ought to do.

Hebrew, the Language of Heaven

The Hebrew language, likewise, is more than mere markings but a richly intricate system of symbols and hidden mysteries. Jews have long believed the Hebrew language to be the hidden language of Heaven. Unlike the Phoenician alphabets we know today, Hebrew symbols contain within them pictures that symbolize the movements of the heavens and earth below and help to give clues to the divine workings of creation.

In their Introduction to the Hebrew Alphabet, Chabad explains “the letters and the words they form are holy, with layers of meaning from the literal to the mystical. It was pronounced by G‑d when the Jews received the Torah at Sinai, and it is read from the Torah by Jews all over the world. The Hebrew letters are precise. Every letter and every vowel has a distinct pronunciation. And each letter is assigned a numerical value. Though some of these distinctions were lost to some communities over the years, they were preserved by other communities.”

In their book, “A Time to Advance: Understanding the Significance of the Hebrew Tribes and Months,” Chuck Pierce and Robert & Linda Heidler outline the scriptural basis for why Christians today ought to consider such mysteries of faith and participate with their Jewish Master, Jesus, in the blessings and traditions of the Hebrew revelations on the times and seasons.

For example, this last decade from 2010 to 2019 has been all about “seeing” what God is saying about you, about your life, about the plans he has for you and for the world around us. It is not so coincidentally conjoined with the Hebrew Letter “Ayin” a picture symbol of an eye and characterized modernly in the number 70. Every year in the Ayin Decade coincides with another letter in the Hebrew Alphabet which was revealed in the early Jewish Talmud as having Heavenly significance, just as the instituted feasts (Rosh Chodesh, Yom Kippur, Passover, the Feast of Weeks. etc.) and appointed times of the Old Testament.

This coming year, 2020 in the Greco-Roman calendar, coincides with the Hebrew year 5780, 80 being part of the “Pey” (rhymes with “pay”) decade that will begin at Rosh HaShana this September 30, 2019. Just as 2019/5779 was a continuation of the last ten years in the “Ayin” decade of the seeing eye where God invited us to “see” what He is saying, this year and the nine years to follow will be an invitation to “speak” what God has shown us in the last decade.  “Pey” is the Hebrew letter for the number 80, a picture symbol of a mouth. Discerning when to speak and when to be quiet will be a critical component during the next decade if we are to see the Kingdom of God growing in our lives and our world through our declarations of faith. “Ayin” gives insight, but it is the “Pey” (mouth) that gives insight expression. Wisdom is the key.

Symbolism Behind the Hebrew Letter “Pey”

The mouth is the expression of the breath. Through our mouths the breath becomes vocalized. The main channel through which breath is exchanged is through the mouth, thus the mouth becomes a powerful expression of the Breath of the Holy Spirit. It can also become a powerful expression of our own breath. In the Hebrew alphabet “Pey” follows “Ayin,” which emphasizes that sight precedes expression. Those who have spent a great deal of time seeing what God is saying should have no difficulty in the next decade also expressing His thoughts in word and deed. Conversely, because the eyes are more emphasized than the mouth, those who are blind will speak blindly, an unceasing mindless chatter due to blind consumption.

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While the early pictograph symbol of Pey is the shape of a mouth, the script symbol is actually made in two strokes using the letters: Kaf and Yod. Kaf meaning “container” (a symbol of a spoon) and Yod meaning “divine spark” (a symbol of an inverted Vav “nail” coming down from the heavens. This unique expression symbolizes the divine spark of God being placed into the soul of man (spoon is a symbol for the soul in ancient Hebrew).

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The key stroke in the letter Pey, however, is the “dagesh” a small dot placed inside the soul at the tip of the divine spark. The presence of the dagesh is very important. In its absence the letter Pey takes on a new sound and becomes a “Fey” (pronounced with a soft “f” sound). The Jewish Sages recall a story from the Talmud regarding Moses and Pharaoh to help alliterate the important distinction between Pey and Fey. At Pesach, as the Jewish Passover is known in Hebrew, we are commanded to remember God’s goodness and glory for having taken the Jewish people out of Egypt. Pharaoh, however, did not profess the glory of God with his mouth as Moses had done. So the Lord God removed the “tooth” (the dagesh) from Pharaoh’s mouth and he was only able to speak evil because he did not know who God was. The hard “p” of Pesach and Passover thus became the soft “f” we hear pronounced in Pharaoh. The symbol is the same except for the dagesh or “tooth” that has been removed by the hand of God. Tooth is often associated with “wisdom” in the Hebrew teachings of the Talmud. There will be some people in the next decade who will have their “tooth” removed for not speaking boldly of the glory of God according to the Wisdom he has given them. They will become known among the righteous as men who do not know God because what they speak does not glorify God. 

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The letter Pey has another unique characteristic in that within the “blank space” is recognizable the letter “Bet” (meaning house). The letter Bet is significant in Hebrew because it speaks of Creation. Within this single letter is present the multi-layered richness of God’s design. Just as there is a revealed and hidden form of Torah available to each person who studies it, there is a revealed and hidden form of the mouth. What is said in the home will be expressed outside the home. What is stored up in the heart is revealed through the mouth. 

The letter Pey has a numerical value of 80. Moses was 80 years old when he led the Jews out of Egypt and transmitted the Torah to them. According to Ethics of Our Fathers: “When one is eighty years old, he has reached a special strength.” Therefore we find: “Eighty thousand men by the name of Aaron all followed Aaron to his final resting place.”The reason there were eighty thousand men by the name of Aaron is as follows: We know Aaron was a great speaker. When G‑d asked Moses to speak to Pharaoh, Moses demurred, saying that he had a speech impediment. G‑d responded, “Is there not your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know that he can speak well.” Aaron’s verbal skills also served him well as a marriage counselor. When there was a fight between a couple and the husband or wife left, Aaron became the peace­maker, appeasing them with soothing words. When the reunited couple gave birth to its next child, they invariably said, “We will name the child after Aaron the High Priest.” He reunited so many couples that thousands of children were named Aaron. Thus the number eighty (thousand) here signifies the special strength of the pey, the mouth.

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Lastly, like the uniqueness of the dagesh, Pey has the unique ability to be written in “sofit” form. This happens when the last stroke is extended below the line of writing rather than curling back up and usually occurs at the end of a sentence in Torah. The Sages describe this form of Pey as “Going Beyond.” While most of us will be called upon to give glory to God through praise and prayer, some of us will be asked to Go Beyond to the lost and to those outside the lines of communication we would normally follow. These chosen mouths will be able to draw upon the nature of God in a unique way (using his Gevurah “strength” and Yesod “foundation”) to bring back the lost sheep. (Learn more about the 10 Natures of God from our article Developing Godly Character in the Omer.)

The Hebrew letters are not just a handy tool to transcribe Hebrew speech. Rather, the Jewish people believe they are the vessels through which God created the universe. As told in the opening chapters of Genesis, God spoke ten utterances, and the world came into being. These ten statements are the “garments” through which God translated his Divine Essence into physical existence. How about the things, such as computers and books, not mentioned specifically in the ten utterances? That is where gematria and other exchange systems come into play. These allow the Hebrew terms, based on the ten utterances, to “become” the Hebrew name of every given item, which is its life-source.

Pey is a very unique letter in the Hebrew alphabet and, as we will no doubt see, the next 10 years will prove to be very unique also!

One last note about Pey. The Sages like to point out the significance of double letters present. In the case of Pey, there is a “double Mem” or 2 “Mem” (the 13th letter of the alphabet whose numerical value is 40). Two Mem equals Pey. Moses spent his first 40 years learning Torah before he was able to spend his last 40 years transmitting it. Many will find this next season of Pey similar to Moses’ journey. Where you have spent the last season learning and storing up God’s word, you will now spend the next season teaching it and leading others in how to live it and give Him glory.

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A Biblical Look at the Power of Pey: What to Expect in 2020 and Beyond…

Declare the Impossible IS Possible!

Despite the cliche use of 2020 as “Perfect Vision” this is not the year for vision setting, so much as it is the year for vision declaring. “I am G‑d your L-rd Who lifted you out of Egypt. Widen your mouth and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10).

According to the Baal Shem Tov, everyone has a psalm in the Book of Psalms—the one corresponding to his age. If a person is 80 years old, he should say Psalm 81.  In the Hebrew year 5780 we can expect God to fill our mouths with His wisdom for the nations, (our family, our friends, communities and the sojorning strangers) but first we must know how to widen our mouths. The mouth has a certain size. How can one stretch it beyond its natural parameters? And why does it say, “I am G‑d, Who lifted you from the land of Egypt?” In the book of Exodus it reads, “Hotzeisicha—I took you out,” not, as the psalm states, that “I lifted you.” So, what is the connection between these two verses?

The word for Egypt, Mitzrayim, connotes restraints or borders, a narrow place. We must realize that every day of our life, God not only releases us from the shackles of Egypt (“takes us out”), but gives us the opportu­nity to break through an even higher and more subtle level of limitation (“lifts us”). God gives those who love him the ability to go beyond their personal physical limits and even beyond nature. This is alluded to by the expression “widening our mouths.” We widen our mouths when we praise God, learn Scripture, pray, and communicate positive messages to others, we complete the world. In this way we fulfill our purpose in com­ing to this world, by transforming nature and making the world a better place in which to live. This next season we are invited in a special way to go beyond what we believe is impossible and to make the world whole. God is asking us to lift the world out of its Egypt, out of its narrow mindedness. It’s no longer an issue of boldness of faith but of conviction in speech!

Faith must be put into action or it is dead.

For as the body without the breath of the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. – James 2:26

Webster’s defines declaration as “a formal or explicit statement or announcement that makes known the beginning or ending of a state or condition.” As the Ambassadors of God (the word “Apostle” literally means sent One as in sent on behalf of the King with all his authority and dominion) we can declare the state of the world around us and bring it under alignment with Heavens plans which have been declared from the beginning (Isaiah 46:8-11). “Have you not known? Has it not been told to you from the beginning?… It is he who sits above the circle of the earth…The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable” (Isaiah 40:21-31).

In Acts 4:31, we see another side effect of the Spirit filling us is boldness of speech. We do not have to speak in tongues to bare witness to the baptism of the Spirit but we do have to speak and boldly with conviction. Echoing the words of Moses in Numbers 11:29, the Great Apostle Paul reminds us that even greater than speaking in tongues is speaking prophecy, “I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:5).”

Declare with me “This year I will widen my mouth, I will run and not grow weary, I will walk and not faint, I will widen my mouth to prophesy the Word of the Lord in Wisdom and to declare His goodness in the Land of the Living!”

Declare I am the Righteousness of God!

A declaration carries the full weight of authority of the governing body behind it. In this next season, ask yourself “Who is behind me?” Authority is a central pillar in the Kingdom of God. The heavens and the earth were established by the declaration of the Lord. Everything in Creation exists because God willed it to. Everything man has created exists because God gave him permission to create within his Laws. Those things which were created outside the Law of God do not carry the same authority. There are structures and mindsets and relationships in existence that cannot stay in place when a declaration from God is placed over them. Right authorities bring right alignments.

Speech has tremendous power. A king rules with his words. An ordinary person also has great power in his mouth. With words of praise he can raise a person to great heights, and with a bit of gossip he can destroy a person’s reputation. Our words create worlds. You might sum up the next ten years with the phrase “Word Wars” and that is precisely why authority, which comes from Wisdom, will become the key to winning it.

How you use your words at home will be how you use them to shape the world around you. Are you speaking words of truth and life or are you speaking words of death and destruction?

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21).

Because we have been declared righteous, therefore, by faith, we shall have peace with God in our Lord Yeshua The Messiah. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. – Romans 5:1-2

Declare with me “I am righteous in Christ Jesus and I shall not be moved by the tumult around me. By the Grace which I have been granted through Christ, I will bring the peace which He gave me to those I encounter. I declare Peace shall reign in my heart and the hearts of those God brings to me. I will widen my mouth to declare His Peace to the World!”

Declare Thy Will Be Done! Veni Sancte Spiritus!

There is a difference between conviction and condemnation. As disciples of Christ we are called to mirror his ways and Jesus certainly knew how to throw down a criticism but he was also quick not to condemn. How well do your words express the same to those who are listening? Knowing the balance between loving the sinner and hating the sin is called wisdom. Those with their “tooth” in tact should be able to do this with more strength and clarity this season. And the world will need you to!

Knowing God’s nature will not be enough, the church must become it.

If you’re having difficulty clearly understanding God’s position on hot-button subjects like abortion, homosexuality, adultery, human trafficking, pornography, sexual purity, and other mainstream issues which threaten to divide the church and not just our world, then now would be a great time to check your sources. God is not a God of confusion “the spiritual man judges all things” (1 Cor. 2:15). There’s a good chance your answers are not under right alignment with right authorities.  Once they are, everything will become clear and you will be able to speak about them in wisdom with love and mercy.

We are entering a season where the Gifts of the Holy Spirit will flourish and manifest greatly across the globe. Those who are mature in faith will receive the wisdom of the Holy Spirit while those lacking in maturity will not.

The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are foolish to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. …But we have the mind of Christ!

“Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification…. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God – 1 Corinthians 2:6-12 (emphasis mine).

If you are not part of a church that teaches the Spiritual Gifts then I encourage you to seek out a community fellowship that does or at least check out some of the Resources mentioned at the end of this article.

It will be very important to discern from whom you are being taught as many false prophets AND false teachers have arose among the people since the Great Apostle Peter’s day (2 Peter 2:1-3). Many men (and women) who have risen to levels of influence within the Church and nations will be silenced by God as he removes his Wisdom ‘tooth’ from them like Pharaoh. Their years of deceitfulness will be exposed suddenly. Though Wisdom was granted to them they failed to follow her precepts and walk in them. Some more intentionally deceitful than others. We must have mercy upon those who would repent, but against those who would rise up and chase you to your death, as Pharaoh did the Israelites at the sea, be sure to leave them behind in their Egypt. A new world is at hand.

Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” -Matthew 15:12-14

Actually, Acts 13:6-12  has some great guidance for how to handle false prophets you encounter. It’s worth looking up and memorizing the words of the Great Apostle Paul.

Conversely, many men and women will rise up who will speak in Truth, Peace and Love. They will be established by the conviction of their words to pierce through the soul and marrow of their brethren and bring peace into wayward hearts. Like Aaron, they will see a remnant raised up and following in their truth. They will be men and women who have spent the last season learning how to lead under the conviction and power of the Holy Spirit so they can spend this next season teaching and leading others out of their Egypt and into a whole new world of living.

“Life may be short but Eternity is long so lets start preparing for it now.”

– Anonymous

Declare with me “Come Holy Spirit! Kindle in me the fire of your love and I shall be recreated in your Truth. I will widen my mouth so that your breath might flow through me and renew the face of the earth!”

Declare Prayer is powerful! A Prophetic Word to the Church

It’s no surprise in the Decade of the Mouth that Prayer would be a critical component.

Teresa of Avila, saint and doctor of the Catholic Church, insists the essence of prayer, whether it is “vocal” or “mental,” is paying attention to God, speaking and listening to Him. We can hardly widen our mouths for God to fill it if we have neglected our time of prayer with Him.

Many people are more anxious than necessary about the times we live in. Are we not called to rest in Christ’s peace no matter how dark the days grow? Do we not have His confidence that as sin abounds Grace abounds more! Does not Our Lord give us the gift of prophecy that we might know what is to come and so prepare for it with all faith and conviction? (John 14.29).

In their book The Spiritual Gifts Handbook, prominent Catholic theologian Dr. Mary Healy and Protestant Randy Clark explain the prophetic ministry of Christ is something offered to all believers Catholic and non-Catholic alike.  In fact, as Christ’s Apostles in the earth, we each carry his authority as priest, prophet and king to transform and take dominion of the world around us, as it is in Heaven.

“In one sense everything Jesus said was prophetic, since His every word was from God. But on several occasions, He used the gift of prophecy in the more specific sense of foretelling what was to come – sometimes for consolation and encouragement, sometimes for warning” (Matthew 13:31-32, Luke 13:29, Mark 13:2, Luke 21:20-21).

Some of Jesus’ prophesies were cryptic and illustrate the fact that a prophecy is one thing, and its accurate interpretation another. Clark and Healy both agree, “A prophecy about the future can only be fully understood in hindsight, since its fulfillment may look different from the way we expected.”

The most downloaded communication from Heaven in our day is “Pray for the Shepherds of the Church.”

The Catholic Church goes further to provide wisdom on the difference between the prophecy of Jesus or “Divine Revelation” and what is most commonly occurring today known as “private revelation.”

Divine revelation is to be found in Sacred Scripture and in the Catholic Church’s Deposit of Faith. These revelations ended with the Apostles, and are infallibly certain. Therefore, as Divinely revealed Truth, must be believed by all.

Private revelation is an inspiration or revelation given by God to individuals for their own benefit or for the profit of others, as St. Paul tells us: ‘Now the manifestation of the Spirit is given to everyone for profit.’ (1 Cor. 12:7). Unlike Divine revelation, no one is bound to believe in private revelation. But if a private revelation is authentic, then to withhold belief in it would be tantamount to turning a deaf ear to God. Such an act would result in the loss of spiritual goods, as St. Thomas Aquinas teaches: ‘prophecy, like other gratuitous graces, is given for the good of the Church.’ (Summa, SS – 172, 4).” God always has a purpose for whatever He does, and if He reveals something to us, we can be assured that He does so for our own good. Only a foolish man would ignore what the infinite wisdom of God chooses to reveal.

For this reason, the Catholic Church takes under its responsibility the burden of investigating fully any prophetic words given to the saints throughout the centuries either through locution, visions or other means of communication with the Holy Spirit recognizing it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that such gifts are present to us in this Age (we’ve blogged about some of the most important ones here). Which brings me to my point, the Gift of Prophecy must be thoroughly scrutinized in Prayer. If we are to widen our mouths to speak the Word of the Lord in prophecy for the profit of another then we must be sure we have immersed ourselves in that channel of Grace called Prayer and knowing most intimately that it is the Divine Breath which flows through us and not our own, or worse that of another breath (Rev. 13:15).

With so many prophets born in Jesus its no wonder he spent time during his earthly ministry warning us against the many false ones (Mat. 7:15; Mat. 24:11, 24; Mark 13:22; Luke 6:26). And it’s no wonder so many Christians today are almost obsessed with following them. This decade of Pey will see no shortage of “talking mouths.” Our burden is to discern which ones are speaking in Wisdom and do our best to make sure we ourselves are one of them, or else we should learn to keep our mouths shut until Wisdom comes. We can only do this properly through creating a continual life of prayer.

There is something Jesus talked about more often than what was to come and that was how to get to Heaven – repentance. The focus of our hearts needs to be on praying for repentance and conversion of hearts among sinners. I don’t think it was a coincidence the Holy Spirit paired the most quoted scripture about the effectiveness of prayer with the need for confession. We need each other. The world needs your prayers. The Church needs your prayers. Christ came for souls. Your prayers can help save them.

Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved. For the continual prayer of a just man availeth much. James 5:16

One of the most repeated prophetic words delivered in the last century to the Church through visionaries is “Pray, pray, pray. Pray for souls. Pray for your Shepherds.” The most downloaded communication from Heaven in our day is “Pray for the Shepherds of the Church.” Perhaps Heaven knows something important about the times we live in and the special attack on the priests, pastors, bishops, and leaders of our day. The saints in Heaven are asking the army on earth to pray, not to retreat, or to leave the Church but to Pray for Her. To hold fast against the assails of the devil of which the gates of hell will not prevail! (Matthew 16:17-19).

Declare with me “I will widen my mouth in prayer to you O’ Lord! I will widen my mouth in repentance. I will widen my mouth against the lies and tactics of the enemy. I will widen my mouth to stand firm against the onslaught of hell against the gates of your Church. I will widen my mouth to pray for your Bride, your shepherds in the earth, and all your holy anointed ones. Grant me the Grace in prayer to stand firm until the Last Day.”

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To wrap up what to expect from the coming Hebrew years more succinctly, I’ll leave you with the wisdom of Rabbi Tzvi Freeman who sums this next season up best:

“Like the rest of us who see the world from the inside-out, the perception that “sticks and stones will break your bones but words will never hurt you” is upside-down. Many wrongly see the world as built of hard matter at the core with words and ideas gently sprinkled on the surface. Sticks and stones are real stuff, but they believe words are just a harmless way of talking about them.

Along comes the [Judeo/Christian] view, seeing things from their origin and beyond, and tells us that no, words are the core reality. Things exist only because there are words for them. Words are the ultimate power.

G‑d said, “Be light!” and it was light. “Be a sky!” and there was a sky. “We will make man!” and there was a man. And then He blew into the nostrils of this man the breath of life, as Onkelos translates: A speaking soul. A soul composed of speech, of words. “And whatever Adam called each creature, that was its name.”

Ever since, Adam has gone around making more and more names for G‑d’s things, composing stories out of His music and dramas with His creations. He created a world out of words, and we bring it into focus, direct it, manipulate and mold it with our words. Our words make His words real.

Speak good things. Make a beautiful resolution out of this world.”

Until the Day Dawns,

❤️💙💛Kim

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Additional Resources

Videos:

The Power of Peh! by Tzvi Freeman

Letters of Light by Aaron L. Raskin

Articles:

Pei-Communication by Aaron L. Raskin

The Letter Pey/Fey by Torah for Christians

Books:

A New Pentecost? Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens, SJ

Deliverance Ministry by ICCRS Doctrinal Commission

Baptism in the Spirit by ICCRS Doctrinal Commission

Lord Renew Your Wonders: Spiritual Gifts for Today by Damian Stayne

Biblical Foundations for the Role of Healing in Evangelization by Matthias D. Thelen

The Spiritual Gifts Handbook: Using your gifts to build the Kingdom by Randy Clark & Mary Healy

Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints by Ralph Martin

Fulfillment of All Desire: Study Guide by Ralph Martin

A Time to Advance: Understanding the Significance of the Hebrew Tribes and Months by Chuck Pierce and Robert & Linda Heidler

Tehillim – Psalms – Chapter 81

For the conductor, on the gittith, of Asaph. אלַֽמְנַצֵּ֬חַ | עַל־הַגִּתִּ֬ית לְאָסָֽף:
2Sing praises to the God Who is our might, sound the shofar to the God of Jacob. בהַרְנִינוּ לֵֽאלֹהִ֣ים עוּזֵּ֑נוּ הָ֜רִ֗יעוּ לֵֽאלֹהֵ֥י יַֽעֲקֹֽב:
3Raise [your voice in] song and give forth [with] a timbrel, a pleasant harp with a lyre. גשְֽׂאוּ־זִ֖מְרָה וּתְנוּ־תֹ֑ף כִּנּ֖וֹר נָעִ֣ים עִם־נָֽבֶל:
4Sound the shofar on the New Moon, on the appointed time for the day of our festival. דתִּקְע֣וּ בַחֹ֣דֶשׁ שׁוֹפָ֑ר בַּ֜כֶּ֗סֶה לְי֣וֹם חַגֵּֽנוּ:
5For it is a statute for Israel, the judgment of the God of Jacob. הכִּ֚י חֹ֣ק לְיִשְׂרָאֵ֣ל ה֑וּא מִ֜שְׁפָּ֗ט לֵֽאלֹהֵ֥י יַֽעֲקֹֽב:
6As a testimony for Jehoseph, He ordained it, when he went forth over the land of Egypt, [when] I understood a language that I had not known. ועֵ֚דוּת | בִּֽיה֘וֹסֵ֚ף שָׂמ֗וֹ בְּ֖צֵאתוֹ עַל־אֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרָ֑יִם שְׂפַ֖ת לֹֽא־יָדַ֣עְתִּי אֶשְׁמָֽע:
7I removed his shoulder from burdens; his hands were removed from the cauldron. זהֲסִיר֣וֹתִי מִסֵּ֣בֶל שִׁכְמ֑וֹ כַּ֜פָּ֗יו מִדּ֥וּד תַּֽעֲבֹֽרְנָה:
8In distress, you called and I released you; I answered you-[though you called] in secret- with thunder; I tried you by the waters of Meribah, forever. חבַּצָּרָ֥ה קָרָ֗אתָ וָֽאֲחַ֫לְּצֶ֥ךָּ אֶֽ֖עֶנְךָ בְּסֵ֣תֶר רַ֑עַם אֶבְחָֽנְךָ֨ עַל־מֵ֖י מְרִיבָ֣ה סֶֽלָה:
9Hearken, My people, and I shall admonish you, Israel, if you hearken to Me. טשְׁמַ֣ע עַ֖מִּי וְאָעִ֣ידָה בָּ֑ךְ יִ֜שְׂרָאֵ֗ל אִם־תִּשְׁמַע־לִֽי:
10No strange god shall be within you, neither shall you prostrate yourself to a foreign god. ילֹֽא־יִהְיֶ֣ה בְ֖ךָ אֵ֣ל זָ֑ר וְלֹ֥א תִֽ֜שְׁתַּֽחֲוֶ֗ה לְאֵ֣ל נֵכָֽר:
11I am the Lord, your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide, and I shall fill it. יאאָֽנֹכִ֨י | יְהֹ֘וָ֚ה אֱלֹהֶ֗יךָ הַ֖מַּֽעַלְךָ מֵאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרָ֑יִם הַרְחֶב־פִּ֜֗יךָ וַֽאֲמַלְאֵֽהוּ:
12But My people did not hearken to My voice, neither did Israel desire to [follow] Me. יבוְלֹֽא־שָׁמַ֣ע עַמִּ֣י לְקוֹלִ֑י וְ֜יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל לֹא־אָ֥בָה לִֽי:
13So I let them go after their heart’s fantasies; let them go in their counsels. יגוָֽאֲשַׁלְּחֵהוּ בִּשְׁרִיר֣וּת לִבָּ֑ם יֵֽ֜לְכ֗וּ בְּֽמֽוֹעֲצֽוֹתֵיהֶֽם:
14If only My people would hearken to Me, if Israel would go in My ways. ידל֣וּ עַ֖מִּי שֹׁמֵ֣עַ לִ֑י יִ֜שְׂרָאֵ֗ל בִּדְרָכַ֥י יְהַלֵּֽכוּ:
15In a short time I would subdue their enemies and upon their enemies I would return My hand. טוכִּמְעַט אֽוֹיְבֵיהֶ֣ם אַכְנִ֑יעַ וְעַל־צָֽ֜רֵיהֶ֗ם אָשִׁ֥יב יָדִֽי:
16The enemies of the Lord would lie to Him, and their time would be forever. טזמְשַׂנְאֵ֣י יְ֖הֹוָה יְכַֽחֲשׁוּ־ל֑וֹ וִיהִ֖י עִתָּ֣ם לְעוֹלָֽם:
17Then He would feed them with the fat of wheat and I would sate you with honey from a rock. יזוַיַּֽאֲכִילֵהוּ מֵחֵ֣לֶב חִטָּ֑ה וּ֜מִצּ֗וּר דְּבַ֣שׁ אַשְׂבִּיעֶֽךָּ:
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4 comments on “Hebrew Year 5780 (2020): A Year to Widen Your Mouth in Wisdom or Zip It Shut”

  1. Great insights. Thank you for sharing where the Hebrew year is leading us in this next decade. Your work is appreciated.

  2. Powerful! Thank you for sharing this breakdown. I’ve been teaching on the heart of the Father in all that we do and say and this helps me to connect that sense with the year/decade we have crossed into. Often people speak the words without having an understanding of their purpose. Thank you!

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