As the year comes to an end, we have an assurance of the termination of everything bad and unwholesome in our lives. We are confident in the belief that once we ask what we need in the name of Jesus, we shall get whatever we desire, as long as it is something righteous (John 14:13 & 14). The Word of God for you and I to hold on to in this last month of 2017 says an end comes to all manner of adversity and every adversary shall cease to exist in our lives.
Remember too that the Reconciliation of Christ has made us conquerors and ambassadors, because all things have become new and old things have passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). The newness we hold on to at the end of this year is that all manner of crises in our lives have become old and passed away. By the reason of God’s promises that he will do a new thing for us (Isaiah 43:19), I declare that all agony, adversaries, adversities and negative circumstances come to end in your life this month, in the Mighty Name of Jesus.
We have the symbolic understanding of 12 as ‘the complete number’ to suggest that we have gone full circle in all circumstances and now is the time to start a new lease of life. Just as number 12 is the last number on the clock, we are encouraged to believe that the 12th month of 2017 also brings an end to our struggles, and we will all begin the New Year on a victorious note, with songs of Halleluyah to herald the advent of better tidings for us all.
Esther 9 v 1 & 2 reveal: “Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;) The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people.”
Similarly, Ezekiel 32 v 1-4 says: “And it came to pass in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say unto him, Thou art like a young lion of the nations, and thou art as a whale in the seas: and thou camest forth with thy rivers, and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and fouledst their rivers.
“Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will therefore spread out my net over thee with a company of many people; and they shall bring thee up in my net. Then will I leave thee upon the land, I will cast thee forth upon the open field, and will cause all the fowls of the heaven to remain upon thee, and I will fill the beasts of the whole earth with thee.”
The symbolic value of number 12 can further be appreciated from noting that there were 12 tribes in Israel. This also symbolizes the completeness of Jacob’s generations, as he had 12 sons, who are likened to 12 princes. When God told Jacob that his name will be henceforth be Israel” (Gen 35:10), He was talking about a new beginning for the patriarch.
Similarly, Jesus chose 12 disciples, which also denotes the essence of completeness, such that the betrayer, Judas, was later replaced by Matthias (Acts 1:23-26) to mark an new beginning for the Apostles after Christ’s ascension. We must also note the following instances: The New Jerusalem which descends out of heaven has 12 gates made of pearl which are manned by 12 angels and, in Revelation 7, twelve thousands from each of the 12 tribes of Israel will be saved near the end of the present world system.
It is also symbolic that there are 12 precious stones that will be used as the foundation of the New Jerusalem (Rev 21:19-20), the wall of the city had 12 foundations with the 12 names of the apostles on each one (Rev 21:14), twelve thousand will be taken from the earth so that they may serve the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ (Rev 14:1-5), the high priest’s breastplate had 12 precious stones embedded within them, and Jesus’ very first words were spoken at the age of 12 (Luke 2:42).
In the final analyses, some key references in both the new and old testaments encourage us to believe that an end has come to all strife in this last month of the year. There was even a woman who had suffered from a blood hemorrhage for 12 years (Luke 8:40), there were 12 explorers or spies sent into the land of Canaan (Due 1:23), and Solomon had 12 administrators in his kingdom (1 Kings 4:7).
Let us also remember that there were 12 men who laid 12 stones in building a monument to the Lord (Joshua 4:3). That monument built by Joshua, as well as all other symbolic instances where number 12 marked the end of thorny days, is the symbol of victory we hold unto as December 2017 begins. Like the walls of Jericho in the days of Joshua, every mountain in your life will come crumbling down this month in the Mighty Name of Jesus.