A Shepherds Rod For The Biblical Year 5777 And The Gregorian Year 2017

Dear people of God,

this prophetic word is a piecemeal and meant to be a reference for the biblical year 5777/2017.
We encourage you to read this word prayerfully and to proclaim the plan of the Father over this year.

                  (artwork from Simon Glimm)

The 2nd of October 2016 And The New Biblical Year 5777

On the eve of October 2nd, 2016 the Jewish people entered the new biblical year 5777. As we are the wild shoots that were grafted into the cultivated olive tree and as such share the nourishing sap (note: anointing) from the olive root, this is also relevant for us (see Romans 11:17-18).

Romans 11:17-18:
17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.

The Apple Of God's Eye

Furthermore Israel is the apple of God's eye according to Zechariah 2:8b, with Jerusalem functioning as its pupil. As gentile Christians we benefit from viewing our lives and environment through Israel, so that we can enter our future with Jesus Christ in confidence and with enlightened eyes. 

Zechariah 2:8b:
… 8b – for whoever touches you (note: Israel) touches the apple of his eye – … 

The revelation we gain by proceeding this way, contains strategic measures which help us to position our lives in the centre of the will of God and in His peace, as Epaphras prayed (see Colossians 4:12).

Colossians 4:12:
12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.

The Number “7”

This year is connected to Hebrew letter “Sajin”, which also has the numeric value of “7” and I am going to explain the meaning of this number first mentioned in Genesis 2:2-4. There it is connected to the completed work of creation as well as resting. 

Genesis 2:2-4:
2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Enter The Rest Created By God!

The above mentioned scripture shows us that God created man to enter into rest with Him first, and then enjoy the works created by Him (note: God) during the previous six days (see Genesis 1:26-27.31 i.c.w. Genesis 2:1-4).

Genesis 1:26-27.31:
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. …
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.

Genesis 2:1-4:
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

The Day And The Evening

So it is no coincidence that God created the day starting with darkness; this points to working or serving out of a state of rest (see Genesis1:2-3.5b).

Genesis 1:2-3.5b:
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. …
5b And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

Entering The Rest Of God

To enter the rest of God (note: Hebrew „šabbāt“) includes laying down ones old life at the cross of Jesus. 
Jesus Christ is our „Sabbath“ and LORD over the day of rest (see Matthew 11:28-30 i.c.w. Galatians 2:20; Matthew 12:8).

Matthew 11:28-30:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Galatians 2:20:
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Matthew 12:8:
8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

The Time Of Relationship With The Heavenly Father

Our works must not take first place but spending time in relationship with our Heavenly Father. There we gain strength to do the works, the Father reveals to us (see John 5:19.36). 

John 5:19.36:
19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. …
36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish – the very works that I am doing – testify that the Father has sent me.

When we move, grounded on the rest of God which as afore mentioned is the true relationship with HIM, we are able to be productive and joyful and we earn our living with ease. God wants that we enjoy our work (see Matthew 6:33).

Matthew 6:33:
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things (note: natural provision) will be given to you as well.

The work or service carried out on the foundation of the rest and joy of God reveals the kingdom rule of the LORD, because people then become aware of the fruit of the spirit in our life (see Galatians 5:22-23). 

Galatians 5:22-23:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The Crowning Of The Word Of God

In the new biblical Year 5777/2017 we may expect the Holy Spirit to open up the word of God in a greater way; this is connected to understanding.
As a result we crown the word of God by the wisdom and knowledge He gave to us. In this we point to Jesus Christ, our Bridegroom and King of Kings, who at the same time is the word of God (see Proverbs 12:4a i.c.w. John 1:1-5; Revelation 19:13.16). 

Proverbs 12:4a:
4a A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,  …

John 1:1-5:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Revelation 19:13.16:
13 He (note: Jesus Christ) is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. …
… 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.

The Word Of God And The „Sajin“

The word of God is alive and a double-edged sword – this is also represented by the letter „Sajin“.
Applying the word of God results in justice being implemented in the respective environment, so that truth is revealed and life is preserved there (see Hebrews 4:12-13 i.c.w. 1 Kings 3:16-28).

Hebrews 4:12-13:
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

1 Kings 3:16-28 (note: the ruling of Solomon):
16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.
17 One of them said, “Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me.
18 The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.
19 “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him.
20 So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast.
21 The next morning, I got up to nurse my son – and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.”
22 The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.” But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king.
23 The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’ ”
24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king.
25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
26 The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”
28 When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.

Prophetic Word

While writing the „Shepherds Rod“ for the year 5777/2017, the Holy Spirit urged me to mention the prophetic word “Be alert and see your third-day-calling!” at this point. I received this word on August 16th, 2010, while ministering in the prophetic at the “House of the Father” in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.


„My people, a battle over your destiny has begun!
Be vigilant not to fall asleep in the spiritual! Stay awake and live in the power of My resurrection, says the LORD! 
It is the third-day-destiny I have given to you! It is the destiny of fresh life, glory and abundance (see Luke 9:22)!
Take care of your new wineskin! Do not grow tired because of the darkness that tries to intimidate you, that tries to rob all of your strength (see 1.Kings 3:16-28)!
It is a night phase where I will visit you to bring you to a higher place (see Song of Songs 5:2; Luke 17:34-35)! 
Stay awake in your heart and you will see My glory!  
Have strong hands and firm knees in order to carry the weight of my glory, says the LORD (see Hebrews 12:12)!
Stay away from rivalry and show mercy! Release life to receive life! 
Come to the central cross of Calvary and release life!
There were three men on the cross, in the same place, at the same time! But only ONE was and is able to give life (see John 19:16-18)!
Pay attention to your start of the day and the movement of the Holy Spirit in the word!
Revelation is coming and will help you to recognise false fruit in your environment and to get your life in order, says the spirit of the prophet!
Let death go and open your hands to receive life!
Proclaim life and resist death!
There is a measure of love within you – the LORD will raise it up, so that you are able to let go and receive in a new way!
Hear the fresh sound the LORD is giving you! The king is in your field to aid you with the power of wisdom and righteousness! 
See and behold that JAHWE ZIDKENU  is in your midst (see Jeremiah 23:6; Jeremiah 33:16)!"

The Numeric Value Of „77“

We, the people of God, are in the year of „Ajin-Sajin“, which forms the numeric value of “77” in the biblical year 5777, and we benefit from knowing the meaning of the Hebrew words containing these letters.
Words deriving from this are for instance:

1. „'as“- „strong, mighty, fierce“
2. „'ēs“- „goat, goat hair“
3. „'ōs“- „strength, power, might“ = pertaining to God it describes the majestic power and honour of JAHWE

When looking at this lexicography (i.e. word explanation) on the bases of the word of God, we realise that it is all about the prophetic power or strength of God. God only gives it to those however, who are conscious of the sacrifice and true discipleship and live in it as Jesus Christ did, according to the will of the Father (see John 5:19).

John 5:19:
19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.

The Eleven Curtains Of Goat Hair

The tabernacle was covered by eleven curtains of black goat hair. They covered the first level, i.e. tent of the tabernacle (see Exodus 26:7).

Exodus 26:7:
7 “Make curtains of goat hair for the tent over the tabernacle – eleven altogether.  ...

The number eleven and the colour black point to those saints in God's kingdom, who move in the office of the prophet and help to reveal hidden secrets of God; as the number twelve is connected to the office of the apostle, he is the first office-bearer mentioned in the Church of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12:28).  

1 Corinthians 12:28:
28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.

The Strong Will Of A Prophet

The goat hair also points to the strong will of the prophet which he needs to share the word and plan of God to the people, whom he is sent to – even if the addressees are not willing to listen to his voice (see 2 Kings 1:8 i.c.w. Ezekiel 3:8-11).

2.Kings 1:8:
8 They replied, “He had a garment of hair (note: he wore a coat made of goat hair) and had a leather belt around his waist.” The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”  

Ezekiel 3:8-11:
8 But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are.
9 I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.”
10 And he said to me, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you.
11Go now to your people in exile and speak to them. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says,’ whether they listen or fail to listen.” 

As afore mentioned, the Hebrew word for "goat"  is "'ēs" and means "nanny goat, billy goat, kid goat or goat hair". It derives from the root word "āsas" which can also mean "to prove oneself strong, to be mighty, to be strong, to have power and might, to give the maximum possible assistance".
If we apply this lexicography (i.e. word explanation) to the power of the prophetic word, as the apostle Paul describes it in 1 Corinthians 14:3, we can see a close connection between the goat hair and the office of the prophet.  

1.Corinthians 14:3:
3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort (note: by exhortation).

There Is No Need For The Goat To Die!

It stands out, that merely goat hair and not skin was used for the curtains. This means that not a single goat had to die for the covering of the tabernacle. 
This fact is a symbol that no revelation leaving the mouth of the prophet by the will of God will fall to the ground, but will manifest in the time determined by God. For instance this was the spiritual quality of the prophet Samuel (see 1 Samuel 3:19)!

1 Samuel 3:19:
19 The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.

In this biblical year 5777/ 2017 we can expect for God to implement His prophetic word released even more in the earth to use it as a light beam pointing to Him above, so that the people on earth see the truth of His word (see John 8,31-32 i.c.w. 2 Peter 1:19-21; Ezekiel 33:33).

John 8:31-32:
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 
32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

2 Peter 1:19-21:
19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.
21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 33:33:
33 “When all this comes true – and it surely will – then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”

Biblical Watchword For The Year 2017

The “Herrenhuter” biblical watchword for the Gregorian year 2017 is taken from Ezekiel 36:26a, where it states:

„I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you;  …“ Ezekiel 36:26a

The verse from Ezekiel 36 mentioned above points towards the inner renewing of believers. As a result, they are not only hearers of the word but become doers out of an intimate relationship with God as their Father.
The last Hebrew letter in the book of Deuteronomy is a „Lamed- (L)“, and the first Hebrew letter in the book of Genesis is a „Beth- (B)“. Together they create the Hebrew word „lēb“, which points to God's greatest command (see Matthew 22:37-38). This is no coincidence, as the Hebrew word „lēb“ means „heart“.

Matthew 22:37-38:
37 Jesus replied: “ 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (see Deuteronomy 6:5).
38 This is the first and greatest commandment. …' ”

The spiritual functions of the heart are: 

1. knowledge (see Proverbs 18:15)
2. recognition (see Isaiah 33:18)
3. memory (see Deuteronomy 4:9).

The heart is the organ of understanding (see Proverbs 2:2; Isaiah 6:10) and wisdom (see Exodus 31:6; Proverbs 2:10).
Emotions like anguish (see Psalm 38:9), sadness (see Nehemiah 2:2), joy (see Isaiah 24:7), fear (see Psalm 55:5), distress (see Lamentations 1:20), courage (see Psalm 40:13), bravery (see 2 Samuel 17:10), pride (see 2 Chronicles 26:16), evil (see Jeremiah 4:14), rejection, disdain (see Exodus 8:28; Deuteronomy 15:7; 1 Chronicles 15:29) as well as trust and affection (see Deuteronomy 6:5; Judges 9:3; 2 Samuel 15:6) all come from the heart
(note: part excerpt from the Elberfelder study bible for the Hebrew word „lēb-Herz“; language code number: 3899).

The Renewing Of The Inner One New Man

Looking at the watchword and the explanation regarding the heart, we find out what the will of God is for us this year, i.e. to renew our inner man, so that our heart is in unison with the will of God. This is another reason, why I think it is no coincidence that the Gregorian year 2017 sees the 500th anniversary of the reformation!
The Holy Spirit reforms the inner one new man (see 2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 4:23 i.c.w. Ephesians 2:14-18).

2 Corinthians 4:16:
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

Ephesians 4:23:
… 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;  …

Ephesians 2:14-18:
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two  (note: Jews and gentile Christians), thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Finally I would like to quote a statement from Chuck D. Pierce to help us understand better the renewing process of the inner man. Furthermore this statement will help us to enter the changing process of God for our lives in the new year.   

The Plea To Renew The Mind  

=> In our life as well as in our nations and in regard to the changes in the spiritual atmosphere world wide, we have now reached a vital crux in time.
Amidst all of these changes we face the danger of being blocked, getting caught up between two decisions or having a conflicting view on matters. This is usually the result of old, emotional wounds or thought patterns which we have not yet overcome by the Holy Spirit. A resistance against change builds up in our mind and it hinders us from entering into our future wholeheartedly. We only ever manage one of the two: we either “limp” or “jump”. It is essential that we leave every kind of bondage and jump into our freedom, thus securing our future. Let us JUMP into our FREEDOM. 
If you have experienced a trauma, resisted forgiveness and have become bitter in your spirit (region of the heart), your heart will harden and both of your brain hemispheres (note: logic and creativity) will not work together efficiently. Your emotions will be divided.
It is important that you decode your mind and find out, how it resists change.
When the Lord set His face like flint, His obedience removed the veil of resistance between God and the mind. This victory enables us to experience the freedom and fullness of the demonstration of His power in our life.
In the word of God, the word for “thoughts/mind” is the same as for “heart” and “human spirit”.
This is the reason why the mind contains more than mere information stored in our brain.
Your mind consists of things you deeply belief in, your actions (no matter, how good they are) and your deep emotional memories that are the result of your decisions (right or wrong), and the decisions of others concerning you.
Your environment influences the way you think right down your generational line.
Your brain is processor for informations and connected to your nervous system which assesses the influences on your life. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God!” (see Matthew 5:8)
Because of this, I sense the necessity to reach a different place of fellowship with God to receive new vision of His character and His being in our world. Let us ask God to renew our heart and mind, and even our brain, so that we can jump into the next phase.
<= (note: part excerpt from the Prayer Focus, August 2008, by Chuck D. Pierce, Glory of Zion International Ministries)

Amen and Amen.

A blessed and sweet year 5777/2017,

Daniel Glimm