As we all prepare to celebrate another end to the year, with felicitations coming up on December 25 to mark Christmas and a week later for Happy New Year, we must take time out to reflect on another symbolic angle to the 11th month.
Yes, November is the 11th month of the year, one which has been tagged in many circles as ‘the month of grace-upon-grace’ or ‘month for double-grace,’ but there is also the end-time message attached to it.
That comes first from the observation of November as the month that comes before the last one, which happens to be December; a month that is laced with felicitations and celebrations – but we all tend to forget the reason behind the Yuletide season. The reason behind the season is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, His coming to save us from sin, damnation and the wiles of Satan; so that we will all not perish in the second death.
Before that season, though, there is also the need to take stock and reflect on our lives individually, collectively and as a Church all through the past ten months, into the last but one for the year. That is the essence of November we need to stop overlooking, the one that gives us the pricks that will ensure we key into the reason behind the season.
It is only when we examine ourselves with the message of the end time, as noted in the symbolic status of the 11th month, that we will know if we are qualified or not to enjoy the reason of the season and be found worthy in it. That is why many Bible scholars see November as the month to remind us about the 11th hour.
It is also widely believed that number 11 represents disorder and confusion, which shall herald signs of the last days. Bible teachers say there are reasons to believe that talking about number 11 goes hand-in-hand with the prophecy of end-time prophecy go hand in hand.
A certain write-up on this topic states in part: “Many Christians believe we are living in the end times. News events certainly bear plenty of evidence of that. If the Bible be true, these are indeed the end of days. You can call it the 2nd coming of Christ or Armageddon. Truth is, Biblically speaking, these events occur in the same series of events that people refer to as the end times.”
Interestingly, there are many Bible references in which the number 11 appears prominent alongside messages of the end time, with the various pointers that we all have to mend our ways in order to make ourselves ready and justifiable for the days of judgment.
That is the essence of Isaiah 11:11 – And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
The same lies in the following verses — Ezekiel 11:11 – This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I will judge you in the border of Israel; Daniel 11:11 – And the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand; Revelation 11:11 – And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
The angle of judgment in the end of days is also highlighted by Apostle John, who saw 11 things in connection with the final verdict we all will face after death (Revelation 20:12 – 14). However, aside from interpretations for number eleven in disorder, chaos and judgment, there is a ray of hope.
This is provided in Zachariah 1: 7 – 9, which says: “Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white.
“Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be. And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are they whom the LORD hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth. So they answered the angel of the LORD who was standing among the myrtle trees and said, “We have patrolled the earth, and behold, all the earth is peaceful and quiet.”
Furthermore, the Gospel of John records eleven special promises for us as believers, which we will inherit after death. These included: you can receive everlasting life by believing in the Son of God (John 3:16), we can have eternal life by eating Jesus’ body (John 6:54), and by following Jesus you will not walk in darkness (John 8:12), those who continue in Jesus’ word will be set free (John 8:31 – 32), and a person will be free through Jesus (John 8:36), God the Father will honor those who serve Christ (John 12:26).
He also states that those who believe in Jesus will do greater deeds than he did (John 14:12), those who obey Christ’s commands will receive the Holy Spirit (John 14:15 – 16), those who keep Jesus’ commands will be loved by both him and God the Father (John 14:21), those who abide in Jesus will be fruitful (John 15:5), and a person can be Christ’s friend if they obey him (John 15:14). All these are promises you and I can key into this month, and I pray you shall be made free and happy indeed through the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ.