Our message for August 2018 is based on Zechariah 1 v 1-3: “In the eighth month, 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, The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers. Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.”
Correlatively, our call is for us all to rededicate ourselves to the Ways of God in this eighth month of 2018, in order for us to receive His divinely sanctioned manifestations that will mark the beginning of new things, fresh impartation of His grace in our lives and a vibrant splash of His blessings upon us.
As we key into God’s promises of a new thing, which shall spring forth, with rivers of overflowing grace even in the desert and a progressive way in the wilderness (Isaiah 43:19), we should remember that the number eight in the Bible signifies resurrection and regeneration. It is the number that symbolises a new beginning.
Since it comes immediately after seven, which itself signifies completeness and an end to something that had been on for a while, eight is associated with the beginning of a new era. You are, therefore, assured that, in the eighth month of 2018, new things of immense value and remarkable relevance will come your way. You will receive an avalanche of greater benefits spiritually, morally, financially, socially, materially, academically, structurally, marital and all dimensions that translate into advancement in life for you. In Jesus’ Mighty Name.
This tells us that the eighth month also represents celebrations of a job well done, when we have finished the business God assigned us and that of the secular world. It is a time to reflect on the gains God has given us in the past seven months, up till when He completed His blessings upon us. As we celebrate the complete grace God has given us, we are allowed to feast in thanksgiving and seek His face for better things to come.
That we get in 1 Kings 6:38: “In the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished throughout all its parts and according to all its plans. So he was seven years in building it;” while 1 Kings 12:32 adds: “Jeroboam instituted a feast in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month, like the feast which is in Judah, and he went up to the altar; thus he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves which he had made And he stationed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.”
Another major assurance in this respect reminds us that, we can find in the Bible many examples of how the blessings of God came forth in new, mightier dimensions when corresponding with the number eight. These all reinforce for you and I the affirmation that this eighth month of 2018 is bringing with it a new beginning that will confound the watching world, especially your enemies, and those among the heathen shall broadcast that the Lord has done great things for you, whereof you are glad (Psalm 126 v3).
Remember that God saved eight people with Noah’s ark, in order to have a new beginning for mankind after the flood. Since four is derived from God’s creation, 4 + 4 = 8 pictures the new creation and fresh beginning after the flood. When the flood eventually dried up, Noah and the others stepped out with the responsibility of starting a new era of life and commence a rearranged order of creation (i.e. the regenerated eight).
Now you see why we are exhorting ourselves this month to Turn To The Lord For A New Beginning… That is the new beginning God programmed through Noah. It is also the new beginning that is spoken about in 2 Corinthians 5 v 7 – old things have passed away and everything has become new. That is the regenerated Man, the new you and I, once we are born again. That is what the resurrection of Christ signifies.
Eight also symbolizes ‘circumcision’ of the heart through Christ and receiving of the Holy Spirit (Romans 2:28 – 29, Colossians 2:11 – 13) for a fresh impartation. Remember, those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength and mount like eagles. It also means those in Christ transform into a fresh creation, with better al-round character created by the power of God’s Spirit in them (Ephesians 2:10; 4:23 – 24).
Please note, the resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate proof of new beginning. Jesus rose on the first day of the week from the day he was crucified. The eighth day was chosen by God to mark the beginning of new life. Furthermore, Jesus showed himself eight times after his resurrection from the dead. His first appearance alive was to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9 – 11), then to two disciples travelling to Emmaus (Luke 24), to all the disciples except Thomas (John 20:19 – 24) and a week later to all them with Thomas (John 20:26 – 29).
Christ also met his disciples at the appointed place in Galilee (Matthew 28:16 – 17), on Galilee’s shores (John 21:1 – 24), on the Mount of Olives, where he gave his followers instructions before ascending to heaven (Acts 1) and Apostle Paul later tells us that Jesus had also been seen by 500 believers (1Corinthians 15:4 – 7).
It is noteworthy that The New Testament was penned by only eight men (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James, Peter, Jude, Paul). Furthermore, we should note that, after seven weeks of spring harvest, the next day is Pentecost, the eighth day of the seventh week. This pictures the first resurrection of Christians, when the saints will be raised from the dead and made immortal (1Corinthians 15:20 – 23, John 3:3 – 12, Rev 20:4 – 6).
Consequently, by reason of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, I decree that whatever has been dead in your life will, in this eighth month of 2018, receive a fresh breath of vibrant life. All dry bones in your life will come alive and turn into fertile weapons of victorious warfare in your hands, with renewed signs and wonders following. You shall rise and shine, for the Glory of the Lord is risen upon you (Isaiah 60 v1). IJN.