Wow, time accelerates, it’s already February. This will be our first Newsletter in 2013, how exhilarating!! February is a very special month for me personally, since my birthday is on the 11th of February. The 11th of February is also a day when Nelson MANDELA was released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner, so it’s actually a day representing hope and an end of the era.
What is most exciting about this year really is that we believe 2013 will be filled with a lot of good days. I hope most of you have had an opportunity to check out the prophetic encouraging Word of hope for 2013 that we received from the Lord. If not yet, you can receive it by clicking this link https://plicc.wordpress.com/prophecy-13/. The year 2013 will be an ingressive year into greater and better things. Speaking of which, just recently the world watched the interview by Oprah Winfrey as Lance Armstrong confess to the doping allegations. A historical moment no doubt and it had to happen in the beginning of 2013. To many, Lance Armstrong was a “self-made” hero and the world observed as he rose and fell right before their very own eyes. Lance openly shared with the world that he tried to control his future but that backfired in many ways and eventually he lost everything. I pondered mostly about his statement when he said, “Now, for the first time, I am comfortable not knowing what the future holds for me,…”I am sure we each took different morals from this story. Personally I thank God for the life of Lance Armstrong. It is no doubt that this year began with a deep hunger or a deep cry for something new, something better. As such; some doors have shut for new ones to open, which takes us to this month’s newsletter; “The Number 13”. We will analyze this number and its significance; we will also address the superstitions of “badluck” associated with it and what it all means for us.
God throughout history speaks through numbers: a very mathematical God. Scripture tells us that the Lord numbers our hair, our steps, the stars etc…and the whole universe is mathematically structured and ordered. Most years there are 12 months but 7 out of every 19 years have 13 months to keep the lunar calendar aligned with the solar cycle. In the December 2012 newsletter we spoke a bit about the number 12 and we all understood that it represents divine authority, creativity, governmental foundation and perfection. Part of that meant that there was some reshuffling that happened and some of us had things that we had acquired by self-efforts stripped away and it was a painful process yet necessary to prepare us for 2013. Number 13 also comprises of two significant numbers, 10 and 3. Number 10, is also a significant number representing “completeness of order” and we all remember it as the number representing the law of Moses or the “old” covenant — the 10 commandments written on stones as well as the 10 plagues of Egypt. Hence we have 10+3=13. Number 3, however is the number signifying “The Fullness of God”—Divine Trinity. Number 13 therefore equals to the completeness of order + the fullness of God. What a great combination!!!
The number 13 symbolizes good things, such as a great nation, it symbolizes an entrance, gate or a door of hope into greatness which represents or signifies entrance into a “new” covenant of grace “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.” In order not to loose both; the old must go in order for the new to exist.
Before we go any further, let me firstly address the superstitions and the myth of bad luck that has been for decades associated with the number 13, just so we put that behind us once and for all. It is a cultural fear of 13 mostly found in the Anglo-sphere cultures and it is a mere superstition clearly which was associated with knowledge and truth coverups. Adding to the fuel was the Alfred Hitchcock 1922 film “number 13” mysterious budget falling apart and the lost of the script.
There is one myth that has no foundation: it is a total myth that having 13 at the last supper was unlucky. Also the term ‘last supper’ does not occur at all in any reputable translation of the Bible. It was not the last time Jesus will keep that supper. Jesus said this picture, or image, of 13 people gathered would be repeated again when the Passover is fulfilled in the kingdom of God. Nowhere in the Bible is 13 bad. Solomon was 13 years when he built his house. And the length of the gate of the temple of Ezekiel is to be 13 cubits. Why should we then fear to have 13 floors on a building when God is clearly quite happy with 13 in his building? God chose 13 cubits (the measure of a forearm) as a measure of the entrance of his future temple.
2013, the year of entering into a “new” covenant of grace in creating the new world in accordance to the the new age Sun. What is a covenant and what does this mean then for us?
“By calling this covenant “new,” made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.” The “new” covenant began after the resurrection of the Christ. Hence, the cross is our clearest marking point of where the new covenant began.
“ Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the “new covenant” in My blood, which is shed for you.” likewise for the new Sun – Re – the new covenant continues in her finished great works through grace.
You and I are now under the new covenant of unmerited favor. The “Old or First” Covenant based on solely on hard works is now redundant. It is God’s heart to see you enjoying every benefit, every single blessing and every single favor from above and below in the new covenant of grace. Restoration, health is yours, divine protection is yours and favor is yours.
God has always related to man through covenants for each age via prophets and using numbers to reveal to us covenants and timing. A covenant is not merely a contract or legal agreement. It is much more than that. Also in every covenant blood is involved. It is blood-based and inaugurated by blood.
At the moment my family in South Africa is preparing for the wedding of my sister Xoli, she is the first daughter in our family. In a Zulu culture this is a very important role and as a first girl in the family she is called “Mafungwase”. Mafungwase is getting married this year and traditionally the husband to be, must pay what the Zulu tradition refer too as “I-lobolo” in a form of 12 cows +1 cow that is slaughtered immediately (13 in total). Since we no longer have a place to keep these cows due to industrialization this lobola is therefore paid in a form of money and for the first daughter it could be very costly, a tradition completely outdated, oppressive to women and should be completely abolished. Anyway, this custom is similar to the old biblical covenant endorsement of the shedding of blood to join the two families.
In the ancient days, the times of Moses & Abraham it was the blood of the animals as well that was used to consummate a marriage or any covenant for that matter. Today, however under the “new” covenant, For the Pisces age Jesus became our burnt offering, He became our sacrificial offering, the crucified animal (the Lamb of God who was slain). Jesus’ blood was guaranteed to never loose it’s power. This is also true for the Aquarius age that the Sun, Re became our sacrificial offering the lamb of God that was rejected, cast out and oppressed so we can overcome. A treasure stone more precious than silver or gold.
God’s unmerited favor is a covenant, the “new” covenant of grace that permeates every aspect of your life! Today, God is in covenant with us. Covenant is forever. God will never leave you nor forsake you, ever! There is nothing you can do or can not do to make God forsake you. It’s a covenant offered freely to us in the victory of Re.
You see under the old covenant, they received God’s blessings only “IF” they kept all the laws of Moses, failing which, then one will be disqualified from receiving God’s blessings. The focus and the onus were on you. But today, under the new covenant, your actions no longer disqualify nor qualify you because God has said, “This is the covenant I will establish with the people…, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawlessness deeds I will remember no more.” You no longer have to worry about whether you are good enough. It is not about you, it’s about the agenda of God at hand who fulfilled the law on your behalf. Your part is only to receive that grace!
The Abrahamic covenant has been restored to us as the unmerited favor or grace covenant and now just like our forefather Abraham we can enjoy God’s provision and every area of our lives. Nobody can shut your door to unmerited favor of God. In 2013 our galaxy the “Milky Way” has aligned with the third heaven where God dwells and we can get to fully experience that favor all around. Do you still remember the galactic alignment that happened in December 22 in 2012 that scientists said it marked the end of the world? This alignment moved us into an awareness or consciousness of the “new” covenant, the creation of the new world, the golden age, Aquarius age of peace on earth.