The Year 5773: Ayin Gimel

Sundown on September 16, 2012 marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year. According to Hebrew tradition, today, the earth turns 5773 years old. 5773 will be known as the year ayin gimel, or ’73. This year will reveal the Lord as our “Gracious Benevolent Redeemer.” 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.  Pictorial dates tell a story, revealing the Creator’s design for that particular year. Jewish calendar year, 5773, is pregnant with opportunities for recovery and redemption. Before we investigate this year’s potential, feel free to revisit last year’s forecast here. I believe you will find it largely telling as to what you have been experiencing in past months.

During 5772, the winnower was at work, sifting the chaff from the wheat. Not one of us has escaped the process of being tossed and shaken. Rejoice, friend! Though you may feel stripped and inadequate, useless chaff has been loosed from your life. Divine ruach (the breath of God) has blown consistently upon even the most solid areas of your life. Unrelenting at times, the ruach has tempered your faith and has given you new perspective. Yesterday’s sweet spot is today’s chaff. Chaff is the husk or encasing that surrounds the kernel of grain during its maturation process. What protected and nurtured you in times past will be separated from you in the day of sifting. Only after experiencing the winnower’s wind can you be ready for inclusion in the next chapter of Father’s plan.

Sifting differentiates between what is worthless and what is of value. Many in Father’s house, are feeling quite worthless because the wind has blown away what they found central to their identity. Some things have departed that once gave us a sense of great significance. Perhaps you have drawn your identity from a particular assignment, ministry, relationship, or season of past success? Much has blown away in the winds of 5772. Chaff has value and purpose, in its season. Wisdom beckons us to recognize the seasonal quality of what or who has exited your life in the sifting. Chalk it up to process.

Sifting reveals not only the chaff, but also the mature, whole grain. You have been discovered on the threshing floor of God’s house [this is the fulfillment of ayin bet or 5772].

Gimel or “3”

Number “3” in the aleph-bet, gimel, is symbolic of the camel. Gimel’s pictograph depicts a walking camel’s head, neck and forelegs. Camels are burden-bearing beasts employed by kings of old. Unusually tolerant of heat, long periods of time can pass between waterings, making the camel the desert-traveler’s choice of transportation. For many, the past season has been a desert of hardship. Frankly, I struggled sharing this word in light of the prevalent discouragement among the body of Christ. The promises of God, however, stand regardless of our disappointments. “What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar,” Romans 3:3-4 NIV. Don’t abandon hope, but humbly accept the word God has planted in your heart, for it has the power to save your soul. During ayin gimel, the Lord will demonstrate faithfulness to the one who counts Him as faithful.

Camels are the desert ships of kings and their riches. In 2 Chronicles 9:1, the Queen of Sheba brought Solomon gold, gems and spices on a caravan of camels. Eliezer brought the bride, Rebecca, home to Isaac on a caravan of camels. Kings and wealthy businessmen used camels to transport goods along trade routes. The following facts are shared on the American Bible Society website.

  • Camel caravans were important to the economies of cities and empires.
  • Camels are the best desert pack animals due to their amazing strength.
  • They can carry anywhere from 350-1000 pounds each!
  • Passengers could ride atop or be carried in baskets on either side.
  • Camels can live on and digest thorny plants in the desert.
  • Camels can survive many days without water as their body stores and releases water on journeys.
  • Camels have callouses that protect them from the scorching sand.
  • The eyelashes of the camel protect him from the blinding sun and the blowing sand.
  • Camels possess an acute sense of smell that leads them to desert water sources.


Ayin gimel illustrates the Father’s ability to provide for His children, even in a barren wasteland. The Talmud [writings of Jewish civil and ceremonial law] depicts gimel as a wealthy man running to overtake an impoverished man with provision. Jesus, our wealthy king, has methods of sourcing His people during times of hardship. He is not limited in how He can achieve gimel’s aim! As I write, my husband reminds me of a vision he had some months ago that corroborates this word. In his vision, a group of people were walking across a stage. From behind the stage curtain, a man emerged to overtake the group. In a surprising gesture, he wrapped his arms around a passerby, not to harm but to bless. Jonathan wrote the vision down (a seed of confirmation for the year 5773). As we cross the stage of ayin gimel, One will be revealed Who is poised to overtake us with mercies. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,” Psalm 23:6 KJV.


Gimel illustrates the redemptive power of Christ. It could be said that the camel is a type of Christ, Who lifts others and carries their burdens. Many will traverse the wilderness of 5773 in the basket strapped to gimel’s side. Don’t stop short with the mere hope of survival. Never doubt that God can redeem the losses of your prior season! Gimel never arrives on the scene empty-handed. “See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him,” Isaiah 40:10 NIV.


As the number “3”, gimel speaks of the third person of the Trinity. If aleph “1” is the Father – and bet “2” is the Son; then, gimel “3” is the Holy Spirit of truth that proceedeth from the Father and son (John 15:26). It is the graciousness of the Holy Spirit that works redemption not only for us, but in us. Furthermore, it is the gracious Holy Spirit that works through us to make us agents of redemption and benevolence for others. This is the work of grace.

The forecast for 5773 ends at a dichotomy. In the days ahead, we will both receive and become benevolence from Heaven. Those who consume Father’s kindnesses and do not return the grace, will face years of leanness ahead. The one who receives from gimel and in turn pays it forward, will become a part of Heaven’s caravan. “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed,” Proverbs 11:24-25 NIV.

I leave you with this challenge. Give to others this year as never before. If you’re struggling to put food on your table, give to another of the little you do have. If ends don’t ever seem to meet, work to bless another family in need. As we release our material wealth to gimel, Father can redeem us from materialism, fear and self-centeredness. Truly we depend on Christ to be our gimel in this year. However, by the end of gimel’s season, we should have become the camel of provision in others’ lives.

Based on what we know about the camel, expect that you will grow into the following Christ-like traits:

  • You will become important to the economy round about you.
  • You will have developed amazing strength by learning to bear other’s burdens.
  • Just as the camel can live on and digest thorny desert plants, so the undesirable things of this season will serve to fuel your journey.
  • There will be times of refreshing that will hydrate you for lengthy periods.
  • Your travels have given your feet callouses that will serve to protect you from the blistering sands.
  • The eyelashes of the camel protect him from the blinding sun and the blowing sand. Just the same, your vision will not be impaired by inopportune circumstances.
  • Camels possess an acute sense of smell that leads them to desert water sources. You will prove the inner guidance of the Holy Spirit Who leads you in the way you should go – the way everlasting.

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48 thoughts on “The Year 5773: Ayin Gimel

  1. I was so delighted to receive the New Years’ blessing ! My heart was disappointed at church today when Feast of Trumpets wasn’t mentioned or acknowledged. Thank you so much for your obedience to study & send out the emails !!! We are camels- but in need of this oasis ! God Bless.

    • Cene, won’t it be wonderful whenever we celebrate the feasts together in Heaven? We’ll finally understand all of the richness that was lost on western culture. God will restore all that has been stripped. Many blessings and Happy New Year!

  2. Reading this word brought me to tears. It has been no less than a long and tedious journey within the past 5 years for me. My tears came from the confirmation and affirmation given by the Ruach HaKadosh as I read. Thank you so much, Prophetess!!!!

    Blessings unto you,
    In the name of Yeshua HaMashiyach!!!!!

  3. Dear Melissa, I am so greatful to recieve this post. I’ve been waiting for your post about Jewish New Year for the last two years, and they’d been a blessing for me and my husband. Our church back here in Indonesia is also aware of these events you mentioned earlier on and it appears to me that God is indeed working on something real BIG! I believe and even more convinced now that wherever we all live – way apart – we are all in one communion in Jesus Christ The Lord. God bless you.

    • Engliana, the body of Christ is walking through this season as one man. Regardless of geography, politics, or culture, we find ourselves sharing in the fellowship of His Spirit and the work He is accomplishing in this age. Thankful to be a part of your journey!

      • Amen Melissa! I discovered your site and the Word you relayed about 5773 in October 2012. Part of the reason I esteemed what you wrote about 5773 is that I saw in hindsight how you had so accurately detailed my 5772. And, sure enough, the Word you published regarding 5773 has manifested through our lives too – glory to God! God used us as a camel to Africa (a first) and then accosted us for His mercy here in ND. Very much looking forward to the Spirit of the LORD through you on the topic of 5774 – God strengthen you!

  4. Thanks Melissa for all the time, effort, and prayer to package this for us. It is spot on, and the challenge you present in the final paragraph is undoubtedly God’s clear call to us in this season. I believe that many in the church, (especially in America) are unaware that the deceitfulness of riches has produced an underlying materialistic greed and self-centeredness that Father must eradicate for the sake of our souls and the hurting and needy around us that the Word so clearly calls us to reach. I believe fasting and repentance are the first things in order for ME this Jewish New Year.

  5. Thank you Melissa for studying and sharing this word/study with us!
    I was waiting for this with great expectation of what the Lord is speaking for the new year!
    I’ve been so encouraged and blessed, it brought hope to my heart :) , and I’m looking forward to be part of everything the Lord is speaking!

    God bless you!

    • Melissa, what an awesome word! I love how you extracted this message from God’s storehouse of wisdom. Your didn’t just give the prophetic word of the hour, you gave us the “how” to obtain it. I am ready to ride in the “basket” of giving!
      Love you, Claudia

  6. Hello, can you tell me quickly or direct me to a site that will explain the numbers assigned to the Hebrew letters and how they are understood? Thank you!

  7. Hi!am really blessed with your deep insight!thing is i was going through my prayer journal.and God in the year 2010..impressed me to write,things that were to happen in my life..he told me stuff about 2013!and reading ua post you are echoing what he told,me…!thanks for listening to his voice,and obeying him!shallom!one last thing..are you a Jew!

  8. the Lord has been speaking to me about provison as there has seemingly been a lack in that area of my life. l can see His purposes for my life in those lean times however l really feel that His goodness and Faithfulness is about to flood not only my life but also the Body “oh taste and see that the Lord is good ” psalm 34 v 8 You are so faithful Lord

  9. What a blessed New Year we can look forward to! Thank you for this powerful word. I just returned from South Africa and had the opportunity to give out of the abundance that we have been blessed with. I love reading your words of comfort, encouragement, rebuke and inspiration. May the Lord bless you abundantly.

  10. Thank you so much Melissa for that word. It’s so much to digest. You are truly a mighty woman of God!! Your insight, foresight, and hindsight certainly comes from the Holy Spirit. I was just asking to Lord what is going on with my life now. Seems I’ve been going through hard times for a very long time and still waiting for His promises to manifest. This post answered a lot of those questions. Thank you again. Much more blessings upon you and your family.

  11. Thank you for your post Melissa! I love the prophetic ministry especially yours and Chuck Pierce – have ordered his DVD! As I work in counselling and prayer ministry – I’ll declare that indeed the Lord our God is our Gracious Benevolent Redeemer will load up those camels and not only restore us but to outwork in His fullness and His Kingdom purposes for my family, my clients and those I’m standing in the gap for. Thank you!

  12. Thank you for your words. I began learning Hebrew from Izzy over at the about two months ago. Awesome place to learn the language/culture for anyone interested. Anyway, I just ran across your page. Had I read your words just two months ago I would have had no clue as to what you were writing. It was so exciting to understand what you wrote concerning the letters, their pictures and number values, dear sister. How you applied that to this coming year blew me away. I am beginning to understand how important our Hebrew roots are to us “gentile” disciples of Jesus who have been grafted in by His mercy. I had no idea how perfectly designed camels are for desperate environments. This creature is now an inspiration to me as the changes keep coming. Again, thank you and may our Father continue to bless you abundantly.

  13. This was so awesome! This article has been sitting in my inbox, yet, I was so overwhelmed with the circumstances I was dealing with last month that I did not even read the article! I gave my testimony in church last night about how God’s faithfulness has been working in my life to redeem and restore me and when I got up this morning, a friend FB’d me and told me to go back and read this article, stating that my testimony mirrored what the article. When I read it, I just shouted and began to sing! Thank you Lord Jesus, Gimel, for what You are doing and Thank You for Your faithfulness to Your people. Thank You for allowing us all to share Your redeeming, redemptive, benevolent grace and love with the world!

  14. Blessed beyond words. This article ministered to my spirit-man and confirmed the purpose for being led to inquire the meaning of Ayin gimel.

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  17. Thank you so much for your obedience and willingness to be lead by Holy Spirit! This has truly blessed, confirmed, and ignited my faith! I’ve read it quite a few times since you posted it. I don’t even know how I found it, but I am sure glad I did! God bless you and I’ll be praying that The Lord continues to unfold and reveal to you mysteries!! Thank you for the prophetic release!

  18. How timely this word is and a complete confirmation of what the Lord is showing my pastor and myself.
    The blue butterfly is my symbol too and you have been a most needed drink of water to this dry and weary desert traveler dear spititual Rebecca.
    Thank you many times


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  20. “Frankly, I struggled sharing this word in light of the prevalent discouragement among the body of Christ.”

    Melissa, what you struggled to share has just become an enormous agent of blessing for me. I decided to re-read what 2013 was supposed to resound with as it’s been a difficult year for me of pouring into and being there for others, unsolicited by myself, and I have just had the Holy Spirit spell out why through your article. Thank you for once again smacking me with a sledgehammer of Holy Spirit blessing. Love you like the sister you are.

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