The Jewish New Year about to emerge is 5771 on the Hebrew Calendar. Sundown on Wednesday September 8, 2010 marks the official beginning of the year known as ayin aleph (ayeen awlef). The Hebrew alphabet doubles as numbers giving each character a numerical value. Since each Hebrew character possesses a pictorial meaning as well, there are layers of richness to each letter/number. Dates also paint a picture, revealing the Creator’s design for that particular year.
Ayin aleph is Hebrew for “71″. Last year, I posted The Year 5770, as well as The Year of Ayin. Ayin signifies the number “70″ and aleph the number ”1″. Everything that was written about The year of ayin carries over from last year and remains pertinent throughout the entire decade of the “5770′s” or in our western calendar, the “2010′s”. Before we add the revelation to be gleaned from the number/letter aleph, let us recap the meaning of ayin.
About Ayin ”70″
Every decade has an overarching theme. Ayin “70″ possesses meaning that sets the stage for the next 9 years. 2011 will be known as ayin aleph, 2012 as ayin bet, 2013 as ayin gimel and so forth. The word “Ayin” means – eye; to see, and by extension, to understand and obey. It also means “Divine Providence”. The ayin is described as having 2 eyes – the choice of using good or evil to perceive things – optimism or pessimism. Ayin is a silent letter. (No translation of it in English) It sees, but does not speak; representing humility. The name ayin can also mean “eye” or “fountain”, a fountain of wisdom and the ability to perceive wisdom. There was much emphasis in 2010 or 5770 on the cultivation of prophetic insight. Among those who grew in prophetic sight and utterance, some saw optimistically others pessimistically. The eyes of the church began to be opened in 2010, and that process will continue on throughout the decade. Each subsequent year will bring enlightenment to the eyes of the church in a new arena. In the year 5771, the eyes will open to the aleph. For more information on ayin, check out a post from my friend, Lisa Butler that goes into greater detail.
About Aleph “1″
Aleph is the first letter and the “father” of the aleph-bet (Hebrew alphabet). It is the symbol of the ox which represents strength and leader. The words “master” and “lord” are a derivative of aleph. Like ayin, aleph is silent. It symbolizes the breath of God and the mysteries of the oneness of God. As depicted in the image to the left, aleph has two “yods” or ”arms” – one above and one below. Those arms are connected in the middle by a diagonal “vav” or “hook” which represents humanity. The arm above reaches to the heavenly realm – the arm below to the earthly realm. The “humanity” that connects the two realms is Christ, who bridged the gap. Now, we as part of His body, humbly connect heaven to earth. Expect heavenly realities to invade earth all the more, as we assume our place in the gap.
Jesus called Himself the aleph and the tav in Revelations 22:13 (alpha and omega in the Greek.) The full gematria of aleph is 111, representing the triune Godhead. There are three significant parts to aleph, but the value remains one. A number of the names of God begin with aleph including: el, elohim, adonai, eloha, and others. The 111 of aleph also speaks of the prophetic. 1+1+1 speaks of the word of the Lord coming to His people during the time of ayin or ”seeing”. Jeremiah 1:11 says, “The word of the Lord came to me: ‘What do you see, Jeremiah?’” Expect visions in 2011.
Since aleph is the ox, let’s examine the significance of the ox. An ox was the most valuable animal an Israelite would own. It was a beast of burden that brought great increase to its owners. Proverbs 14:4 tells us, “Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.” The ox speaks of the ability and zeal necessary to build, establish and prosper. A desire and strength will be kindled in the saints to possess and cultivate the land. Finally, the man, the ox, the lion and the eagle represent the four Apostles who wrote the Books of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The book of Luke has been symbolized by the ox which portrays Jesus as the highly valuable sacrifice for our atonement. Incidentally, the name Luke means (light-giver). Look for great revelation to come from the book of Luke in the coming months.
The Fullness of the Spirit “71″
The primary meaning of the number “71″ is “fullness – melo” and “dove – yonah.” In Numbers 11:16 we read, “The LORD said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the Tent of Meeting, that they may stand there with you. I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit that is on you and put the Spirit on them. They will help you carry the burden of the people so that you will not have to carry it alone.”
The Spirit of God rested upon Moses and his seventy elders, resulting in “71″ clothed with the Spirit. The saints have come to a place of separation unto God and maturation for leadership. There will be a multiplication of the Spirit of God on others for the leadership of His people.
Prophetic vision will come to the church that will empower the saints to build and establish. Businesses and ministries will be resuscitated by divine breath resulting in inspired strategies. God’s presence will increase among His people. As the tav connects the yods, there will be times that heaven invades the earth when we behold the Master. These encounters will produce the strength necessary to plow and become fruitful in times of great famine and trial in the land. I am quickened with Genesis 26:12, “Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him.” The same ox that brings increase will also require tending. The stable must be cleaned. Pastors, be ready to address the offenses that will arise as the ox come in to rest. Do not favor one over the other, but grant each ox the nurturing they need for maximum productivity. It will be a season of yoking together. Declare unity in your house as the oxen take on the yoke of Christ. Rejoice, for this year will be the answer to the prayers you prayed in 2010.
I found this beautiful tidbit on Jewish Action Magazine online:
Finally, the Hebrew letters for the year 5771—heh, tav, shin, ayin, aleph—can be looked at as rashei tevot (a literary abbreviation) for a prayer to God: “Hashem, Tifros Shelomcha Aleinu, Amen—God, spread Your peace over us,” to which we add a resounding Amen! So may it be His will.
Source: Phil Chernofsky is the educational director of the Seymour J. Abrams Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center, and the editor of Torah Tidbits, its famed English-language weekly Tora.
Coincidentally, the Strongs number 5771 is “avon” which means: iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity. The righteous will enjoy great growth and productivity, while the wicked will reap an unpleasant harvest. Father will continue to reveal hidden iniquity in government, business, etc… This cleansing will clear the fields for the righteous oxen to plow.
As is the case with all prophecy, this report is merely a picture of what is available to you this year. Whether you believe it, speak it, and possess it is entirely up to you. Let us agree together, in faith.
Father, we expect great vision, strength, fruitfulness and wisdom in the coming days. May your breath resuscitate us and bring us heavenly strategies that will produce Kingdom results. Remove the scales from our eyes and allow us to see what we have not been able to see before now, in the light of today. We identify with Christ who is the ox (our sacrifice), and the aleph (our entrance) into heavenly places. Be glorified in our lives this year and forever, amen.