A New Gate A New Cycle of Time Keith Miller "5777"
This is a very exciting time. I have great expectation of the cycle—or season of time—that we’re coming into. All throughout the Scripture, we find cycles of time or seasons of time. In the Scripture, the cycle of time runs in seven-year periods. In this cycle, certain times become like doorways or gateways that take us from one place into another. These times and seasons are appointed by the Lord as transition times into greater things. They are the gateway into greater things that He has provided and prepared for us. What was once potential becomes actual. These moments are the sort of moment that Queen Esther experienced when her uncle told her she’d been raised to the throne “for such a time as this.”
I believe that we are in one of these times, a time of expectancy, a time to lift our vision high, a season of fruitfulness, and a season of increase that comes from the glory and the power of the Lord. Along these lines, I’m going to share some thoughts with you, establishing it all in the Scripture, as well as sharing some of what the Lord has told me about this new season.
We are stepping through a gate—or a transitional season—into a season of fruitfulness, a season of abundance that comes from an increase of God’s glory and power. It is a time to believe, a time to expect, a time to dream with the Lord, a time for even greater things, a time for fruitfulness, a time for recovery, a time of restoration, a time of new things in the Lord. In the coming days, the remnant will see some incredible breakthroughs that will include a powerful release of the anointing of the Lord for healing, miracles, signs, and wonders. But it’s for harvest, for declaring and making known the name of Jesus Christ so that His banner will be high and lifted up.
This will also be a time of joy, regardless of our culture of time or the crisis of time or any circumstance we find ourselves in. By the strength of the Lord, by the power of His Word operating within us and strengthening us, we will have the faith to believe beyond natural ability, and it will keep us moving forward by the Spirit of God through every opposition, resistance, and obstacle of delay.
Rosh Hashanah is the Feast of Trumpets. It’s in the seventh month of the Jewish calendar, and it starts the High Holy Days. We go from Rosh Hashanah, which is the head of the year, into the beginning of the New Year. It is just like how on January 1st the whole world celebrates the New Year according to the Gregorian calendar, which is based on the birth of Christ. By that calendar, we are counting the years only since Christ, or AD. According to that calendar, we are in the year 2017. But according to the Hebrew calendar, which is based on the essence of creation, we are in the year 5777. That began on Sunday October 2 at sundown. During the Feast of Trumpets, the blowing of the shofar symbolizes the beginning of the new year. The first ten days of the year are called the ten days of awe and include Yom Kippur and the Feast of Tabernacles, which is the seventh feast that is seven days long.
Rosh Hashanah, or the Feast of Trumpets, is the head of the year, the New Year and new beginning. One part of the celebration includes eating apples and honey. Apples remind us that we are the apple of God’s eye (see Ps. 17:8), and honey reminds us that the year is going to be sweet. It’s going to be the sweetest and most fruitful year we’ve known in the Lord. I’m going to show you something about the importance of that, because when we operate out of what He supplies, out of the fullness of what He supplies, we have a sense of satisfaction, delight, and shalom that abides within us as we step into this new year. Truly, we believe this will be one of the greatest seasons of time (or cycles) for fruitfulness and harvest for the things of God for our lives.
I really felt from the Lord to share 2 Peter 1:2, which says, “Grace and peace be multiplied to you.” I’m praying that this season would be a season of multiplication of God’s grace and peace in our lives“in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” I believe a fresh wind is blowing all across the land, and the Lord is stirring up the remnant (see Hag. 1:14). He is stirring us up for the deeper things of God that He wants to reveal. He wants to show us who He is, His ways, and His revelation of His Word in deeper and greater ways. Everything is multiplied through the knowledge of God and our Lord Jesus Christ. That is why I believe that one of the keys to increase is the stirring of our hunger for deeper revelation of God’s Word.
Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:17–18 that our hearts would be illuminated by the Holy Spirit—the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him—who gives us understanding of the hope of our calling. This is very powerful. I believe there is a fresh call for the deeper things of God in this season. It’s kind of like stepping into mom’s house and smelling fresh bread. You can’t wait to get into that kitchen, break that bread, put butter on that bread, and partake of that fresh bread. That’s the kind of aroma or fragrance of the deeper things of God that He’s releasing to those who will have hearts open, eyes to see, and ears to hear (see Luke 24:30–31, 45; Matt. 13:11).
So, this is a season of the Lord drawing us deeper into the revelation knowledge of God, His ways, and our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we will know our Father better. The more we recognize and know Him, the more the counterfeit (or the opposite) can’t lead us away. As we focus on the genuine, we will realize that what isn’t genuine is a distraction, and it won’t be able to pull us away.
In 2 Peter 1:2–4, Paul goes on to say:
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
As we step into this new beginning—our new season and new year—I know that for my family, for Stand Firm World Ministries, and for our partners (because we’re going to pray this way for you) we have stepped into a new cycle of time. This will be a powerful season that comes out of the abundance of God’s glory, the abundance of His power, and the abundance of the revelation of His Word. I believe we have stepped into the overflowing flow of His glory, His power, and His Word that brings harvest and fruitfulness.
The Lord says, “I’ve given you everything you need pertaining to life and godliness.” Of course, there’s nothing wrong with becoming skilled in natural training. There’s nothing wrong with natural learning. However, God has given us something that is very powerful and will become even more of a magnet for evangelism in the coming days. That is the goodness of the Lord, which brings an unparalleled satisfaction, and it comes only from partaking from the river of His presence.
The world can teach us how to create abundant wealth. We can learn how to say things and how to be skilled in a trade or a career. There is nothing wrong with that. But many multimillionaires, multibillionaires, and influential people have everything that the world has to offer, but they are still miserable. Even in their riches, they are miserable. In other words, what the world calls abundance doesn’t bring true satisfaction.
But the presence of the Lord does. This is why His presence will become a tremendous draw for the lost. The Lord alone supplies abundant satisfaction, which is a deep delight within the inner person. Any time we are operating and staying engaged in His presence, His presence is always filling us with life, peace, and joy!
As we function out of what He supplies, from the river of His presence, we will be abundantly satisfied by His presence. Deuteronomy 33:23 says that His favor brings delight and satisfaction. When God favors us, it isn’t just in the natural substance; He also brings delight within the inner person, because His favor is His presence. His favor is His anointing and His power. We know that because of Deuteronomy 8:18, which says that He gives us the power to make wealth. So, while we are stepping into a season of abundant fruitfulness and abundant harvest, we are also stepping into a place of perpetual joy and peace as we live life in the Spirit. This is what it means to experience the satisfaction of life in the Spirit of the Lord.
So many people have worked all their lives for what they have accumulated, and they’re still miserable. God offers us a different reality. As we begin to flow with the river of His presence, we will see Isaiah 55:1–2 become a reality.
Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance(Isaiah 55:1–2).
This passage describes two different types of people. It describes the ones who have no money, and they recognize they have no money. To them He says to come and drink, even though they do not have money. Then He speaks to those who have been laboring. He says, though they have money and can buy and eat, their work and wealth have not brought them the satisfaction they’re seeking. Then He asks why they work and spend their wages on things that do not satisfy. This is what the devil tries to do. He uses the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in works, and he tries to pull people in to believing that they can find satisfaction in things. He tries to satisfy the vacuum that’s in every person’s heart and that can only be satisfied by the delight of knowing Father God through the Lord Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Only by knowing Him and learning to live in the delight of His presence is that void filled.
It doesn’t matter how much money, influence, or fame people have. When they lay down at night, they are the same as they were when they laid down the night before. They’re empty. They have no delight, and their soul is lacking. There is no satisfaction. To them, we can say, “Come and drink from the water that brings abundant satisfaction to your soul.”
I believe the Lord is going to raise up so many people who will be flowing in this river, flowing out of this anointing. They will flow out of what He supplies. These rivers will bring harvest, healing, and restoration (see Ezek. 47:8). Praise be to the Lord! The trees will spring up, and their leaves will provide healing for the nations (see Ezek. 47:12). I’m excited because I know we’re stepping into that time.
One of the assignments the Lord has given me in this time is to teach more Christians to be activated in what God supplies out of the Isaiah 11:2 anointing of the seven-fold flow of the Holy Spirit. Thousands and thousands of believers will begin functioning and flowing out of the fullness of what He supplies and teaching others that the river of His presence brings abundant satisfaction. Wherever they go, wells of water will spring up, and they will cry out to all who are thirsty—“If you’re rich, you still need this water. If you’re poor, here’s the water you need. It’s the river of His presence!” Jesus said, in John 4:14, that when we drink from the well of His Spirit, He will put a fountain in us, and that fountain will overflow: “But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Similarly, Psalm 36:8–9 says, “They are abundantly satisfied.” There is a place in the Spirit of the Lord where we are so full, so engaged in the Spirit, that we experience abundant satisfaction. It’s a deep delight, a deep satisfaction. The world can’t give us this. We can’t work for it. Instead, God promises, “They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, and Your righteousness to the upright in heart.” It says right here that we can know abundant satisfaction in that fountain of life.
How is all of that tied to Rosh Hashanah? It is the year 5777, and numbers have significance in the Scripture. The number 5 stands for grace. That’s God’s power and authority of grace over our lives. The number 7 is one of the most prominent numbers in the Scripture. The number 7 alone is used over 50 times, and if we add in the numbers 70 and 17 as well as the term sevenfold, it appears over 560 times in the Bible. It’s a God number. On the seventh day of creation, God said, “My work is finished,” and He rested. Thus, 7 means fullness and completeness. It also represents covenant and the Holy Spirit. I believe this applies to our lives, not just for a few but for many of us in the coming days.
Many of us are beginning to tap into the river of God’s presence and what He supplies. As a result, our success flows out of what He’s provided, and we delight in the goodness of God. When we delight in His goodness, we become worshipers, and we learn to celebrate with a deep heart of gratitude. When we work with our hands, we can take credit for that, but when we know that the fruit it is above and beyond what we could do, our hearts respond with gratitude to the Lord. This causes us to cultivate communion with Him, to stay teachable, and to keep our hearts full of desire for more of the Lord.
The Hebrew year is 5777, which involves triple 7. Seven is fullness or completeness. Also, the seventh letter in the Hebrew alphabet is Zayin, and it means the number seven. Zayin also means sword, the sword of the Lord, and crown. As Christians, we know that all the feasts belong to the Lord. The Lord said, “These feasts are for all generations and they’re the feasts of God” (Lev. 23:23–25). Thus, the Feast of Trumpets is for us, too. This means that the seven, the fullness and completeness of grace, is coming into our lives in this new year. It’ll be a season of finding our satisfaction (our fullness and completeness) and delighting ourselves in God’s fullness.
I’m going to do two or three schools this year, and they will be about more than just learning. They will focus on perception and activation. We need to perceive and move into and recognize the flows of the Spirit so that we can be activated into the flows. Part of activation is perception. It doesn’t do us any good to be activated if we don’t recognize what’s happening. But when we’re activated into the flow, we also recognize the flow. Recognition is faith, or confidence in what He supplies. That confidence is that when we need wisdom, we get to flow in the river of wisdom. When we need understanding, we’re going to find understanding. When we need counsel, we’re going to flow in the river of God’s counsel. When we need might, God’s going to strengthen us in a mighty way. We will begin to flow out of a deep river of the knowledge of God, who He is, and His ways. He’s going to open up His Word to us and give us wisdom to apply to our lives in a mighty way. This will create a reverential fear of the Lord.
When we talk about the number 7, we need to reference Isaiah 11:2, which describes the seven-fold flow of the Holy Spirit. One way we can depict the number seven is as a crown above a sword, because Jesus the king operates by the sword of the Holy Spirit (see Heb. 4:12). The Word of God is alive and active; we will see proof of this in the coming days. Already, people are being prepared (see 1 Cor. 2:4; Jer. 23:29). Their words will carry such an anointing to pierce hearts and minds, so that the lies, deceptions, and arguments will be pulled down, and the light of Jesus Christ will shine brightly by the Holy Spirit, leading many to the Lord.
This is how it worked with the great revivalists. When John Wesley and George Whitefield preached, their words pierced people’s hearts with conviction. Charles Finney would simply walk around town, and his eyes carried such authority that people would get saved. We can’t make ourselves look like that. That comes from the realm of the glory and the power of God. Hebrews 4:12 says the Word of God is a living word that will pierce the heart and divide between soul and spirit. The Word discerns what is the Lord and what isn’t the Lord. It will begin to reveal the motives of people’s hearts, and as their hearts are revealed to them, they will cry out for Jesus.
About the sword of the Lord, Ephesians 6:17 says, “And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” The sword is the Word. So, Jesus is the crown and the sword of the Lord. We could say that Jesus literally ministered out of the fullness; He lived out of the sword of the Spirit, which is the fullness of the Holy Spirit. He is our head, and as the head is, so the body will be. As Jesus operates, so must we. Like Him, we are called to function out of the fullness of the Spirit of the Lord (see Eph. 1:22).
Another depiction of what the number seven means is a crown with a scepter. I believe this means we are being extended the scepter of favor in this season—favor for influence, to have impact in different ways and areas. For this reason, the Lord is going to favor us, crowning us with His presence (see Ps. 65:11). His favor will enable us to have impact and influence in our communities, our jobs, our businesses, and whatever else the Lord puts before us.
In Genesis 26:32 we find the story of Isaac re-digging the last well, and the last well is Shebah. This word Shebah also means “the well of seven, the well of covenant, and the well that brings abundant satisfaction.” In other words, that last well that they re-dug and made flow with water again was the well of covenant with the Lord. Such a well will release the Holy Spirit, the fullness of the seven-fold flow of Isaiah 11:2. Remember, the number seven looks like a crown with a sword, which is Jesus, and He moves in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. As that Shebah well begins to flow, we will experience what Jesus promised in John 4:14—fountains of living water flowing out of us. In Isaiah 12:3, it says, “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” The word salvation here is translated from the Hebrew word Yeshua. The center and essence of all of this is only true through and by our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The sword never is the focal point; the crowned man, Jesus, is the focal point, because without Him there is no river of living water.
In John 7:37–38, Jesus said that we would know rivers of living water because of the fountain, and these rivers of living water would flow for us. These rivers of living water are found in Isaiah 11:2; they are the seven-fold flow of the Holy Spirit. Because the Spirit of the Lord is upon us, the river of God’s wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and fear of the Lord will flow in us in a mighty way. We will see literally thousands of believers begin to function in this flow. Not only will they live in the wonderful sealing of the Holy Spirit, being sealed with His presence, and the abiding of the presence of the Holy Spirit, being led, taught, anointed, and gifted by the Holy Spirit, but they will also have the rivers of the Spirit spring up in them and flow mightily!
We see this illustrated in Isaiah 41:
The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, their tongues fail for thirst. I, the Lord, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine and the box tree together, that they may see and know, and consider and understand together, that the hand of the Lord has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it(Isaiah 41:17–20).
People who begin to flow out of His rivers will see wells of salvation spring up. The lost will be drawn to the fountain, the same fountain that we have also drunk from, and we can say to them, “Come, drink from this well.” And as they do, they will experience the words of Jesus in John 4:14. As they drink from His water, He will put a fountain within them. Too many believers are only enjoying little buckets of water. Jesus doesn’t want us to just have a little bit every once in a while. He invites us to draw deeply from the well of salvation with joy, and He wants the rivers to flow from within us. He wants us to live fully activated, drawing deep and moving and flowing and functioning out of all that He supplies to us so that we will succeed and prosper in the things He’s called us to do. In the land, He will take our lives and reveal His glory (see Ps. 85:9). When He reveals this, He will be like a magnet to thousands of people all through the nations, and thousands upon thousands will be born again.
I’m ready for meetings where hundreds get born again! I’m ready to see the people we’ve been praying for come and drink from the river! I’m ready to see the well of salvation spring up. I’m ready to see people come and drink from the well that brings abundant satisfaction. I also want to see believers learn how to draw deeply from the well of Yeshua that brings abundant satisfaction from the river of His pleasure.
This is the beginning of that season. According to John 15:5, it’s going to be a fruitful season. It’s going to be a powerful season. Bearing much fruit, as is described in John 15:5, doesn’t happen because we do more works. It is the result of increase in His presence. That is what produces the fruit. It’s about getting the supply that produces the fruit, and that’s what the rivers are. Trees can’t bear fruit without being watered. Because of this, I believe it’s going to be a powerful season of hunger for the revelation of the Word. I believe this is a season of increase, abundance, and fruitfulness that will bring harvest for our lives. I believe the well of the seven will flow mightily in the coming days. I believe this will be a time of recovery of lost things. I believe that as we behold God’s glory, we will also encounter His goodness. And as we encounter His goodness, He will bring recovery and restoration of things we’ve lost in the previous season. I believe that as we are going through the gate of a New Year, a gate of the seven, that God’s going to supply everything we need to live victoriously. As a result, we will reveal the glory of the Lord, and all the earth will become full of the knowledge of His goodness and His glory. By the display of His power in His people’s lives, unbelievers will be provoked to jealousy, and they’ll begin to call on the name of Jesus Christ. I believe there’ll be literally hundreds of believers, even in the next 18 months, who will know new levels of God’s power and authority and will experience the seven-fold flow of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s believe for this season to be a time when we are the apple of His eye and under the shadow of His wing. This is going to be the sweetest year, but it isn’t just a one-year thing. This is the beginning of a new cycle of time that is going to release acceleration of a fruitfulness and harvest in our lives that flows from the abundance of what He supplies.
What we’re stepping into is 5777. We will not experience another 5777. People a hundred years ago did not experience 5777; they experienced 5677. There is only one 5777, and we get to be alive for it! I’m just blown away by this, because of its importance. I believe numbers in the Scripture have significance, and that’s why the number 7 is used so many times in the scripture. In Revelation alone, it appears more than fifty times. It talks about the seven churches, the seven seals, the seven angels, the seven Spirits of God, the seven-fold flow of the Holy Spirit, and many others. We see this so many times in the Scripture because the number 7 is not just about coming into fullness and completeness, but also consummation. Certain things end, and certain things begin. According to Acts 3:19–21, we are in times (plural) of restoration. The Lord will have on the earth people who are fully functioning in the fullness of what Jesus did for every believer in His victory on Calvary.
Because of what Jesus did, creating the new covenant, we can operate in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The crown of the 7 represents our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Him there is no abiding or flowing. Without Him there is no abundant satisfaction. Without Him there is no fountain of living water. We already enjoy drinking from that well, but let’s not stop with just a cup every once in a while. We need to live in the abundance of the river that causes those rivers to flow for us and that fountain to spring up within us. We are all made to be well-diggers. Let’s join together to dig this well in this season so that we will see that Holy Spirit flow in a mighty way.
The Lord showed me that this will also be a season of revelation understanding. Not only will people be hungry for the Word, but they will get understanding of the Word. There is nothing wrong with life messages, but when we dive deep into the well of revelation with understanding, it will bring transformation in our hearts and our minds. We’ll begin to think as He thinks, to see as He sees, and to do as He does. It’s a marriage of the Word and the Spirit. As we gain wisdom to understand, we also learn how to apply the Word to our lives and see the Word operate fully in and through us.
Also, this is a season for hopes and dreams restored. Those who have dreams and visions that they think will never come to pass are going to see the Lord restore visions and calls and put fresh favor and anointing upon them. That’s what the crown is with the scepter. He’s extending that scepter and saying, “Now!” We are coming into our season of time. The times and seasons are in God’s hands (see Dan. 2:21). We can know the time and season, and we can also understand that He sets the time and season and the boundaries of all people (see Acts 17:26). Further, He chose each one of us to be alive at this time, to be alive in 5777, and He wants to grace us with the fullness to flow out of all that He supplies (see John 15:16) .
This is the beginning of the most fruitful, abundant, and powerful year we’ve known. Whatever has been to this point, we celebrate. We say, “Thank you, Lord! We’re blessed, and we thank You for everything You did!” We also know we’re stepping into something called the greater days, and people will behold His glory in a greater way.
So let’s get an apple and some honey. It’s a prophetic picture. This is what they do in Rosh Hashanah. They dip the apple in the honey, indicating that we’re the apple of God’s eyes and abiding under the shadow of His wings, and our year is going to be sweet because of the presence of the Lord. It’s going to be sweet because it’s going to be a fruitful time.
I decree and declare over our lives that no good thing should be withheld from us in this season. Everything our Father has ordained for us will be released for us for such a time as this.
Thank You, Lord, for extending Your scepter toward us and favoring us to recover everything that’s been lost. Also, Your Word says that You will favor the people to possess the Kingdom. Favor us with revelation knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom to flow and function out of the fullness of the living water of the fountain of Your presence. In this way, we will learn to live victoriously, defusing the fragrance of Jesus Christ and provoking many to jealousy so that they will turn to You.
This year is going to be a sweet year, a fruitful year! Let us believe for the Lord to reveal to us prophetic strategies for our year so that we will operate out of the Spirit of counsel. He will give us His might, and we’ll live mightily out of the strength of God, so that we can fulfill all that He has purposed for us. We’re going to move forward in this season, prospering in what He’s purposed for us.