New Year...New Beginnings

​I don’t know about you, but 2014 seemed to be an incredibly challenging year. More than ever, the world just seemed off balance. Here in the US, things seemed to be teetering on the brink of disaster at every turn. Weird things were happening. Tragic things were happening. The world seemed to be spinning completely out of control and falling deeper and deeper into the pits of despair. Just take a look at television, movies and the music industry. Where there used to be some form of decency, there is none. Today, more than ever, children are subtly lured into believing that certain behaviors are acceptable because they see it on the big screen and hear it on the radio.
Guess what? I believe big things are in store…new things…better things! Why?
Because not only is it a new year, it is a new year represented by a new beginning – a new order.
You see, the number 8 in biblical terms represents new beginnings, a new order…a fresh start if you will.
  • 8 is the number of Jesus, whose name in Greek adds up to 888.
  • Jesus shed blood 8 times (Garden of Gethsemane, beaten with fists by the high priests, his beard was plucked, crown of thorns placed on his head, back ripped open by flogging, hands nailed to the cross, feet nailed to the cross and his side was pierced with a sword).
  • Jesus’ resurrection occurred on the 8th day (Nisan 17) (He was crucified on Nisan 14). This resurrection provides every person who believes in Him the opportunity to be born again and become a new creation.
  • Jesus appeared 8 times after his resurrection.
  • Jewish boys were circumcised on the 8th day.
  • The most joyous Feast period of the year is 8 days…7 days of the Feast of the Tabernacles with the last day, the 8th day, known as the Last Great Day.
  • God saved 8 people on the ark. 
The number 8 is also very personal for me. I surrendered to Christ on August the 8th (8/8/08 to be exact). I grew up identifying myself as a Christian. I went to church. I taught Sunday school. I even prayed every once in a while. But up until that day, I was doing life completely under my own power. I had not handed over the lordship of my life to Jesus Christ. I was not actively engaged in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
But that day, that powerful day, was the beginning of a new order for me. I became a completely new person that day (2 Corinthians 5:17, “ This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.”). I was filled with the Holy Spirit that day and have never been the same. I love even more that the day of my conversion, 8/8/8, represents the same numbers of the name of Jesus!
​There is something stirring within the Christian community. People are restless and craving for the goodness of God to be more prevalent in this world. The world is so depraved and rebellious that something has got to give. Times have gotten increasingly worse and to a point where if it gets much worse, we may not even be able to leave our homes anymore.
The number 7 represents spiritual completeness or the Father’s perfection (2+0+1+4=7). We will never understand the Father’s ways because God’s Word tells us that “His ways are higher than our ways” (Isaiah 55:9) so we do not completely know what He is up to. But perhaps, just perhaps, His spiritual cleansing is bringing the Church to a much more heightened awareness that we need Him more than ever.
May our prayer for 2015 be that “His Kingdom come.” May God create a new order this year, a godly order, never before seen in history. May we continue to live under the open heaven as God shifts this world from evil to good. May His new order be that which takes hold this year….and may it be Jesus that appears at the forefront.
Believers, pray earnestly for new beginnings this year. Open your hearts, your eyes and your ears to all things born of God. He hears our prayers and wants His creation to return to Him with repentant hearts. May it start with each one of us today on this first day of the New Year.

Erin Olson

Founder and CEO of Sandalfeet Ministries

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joni - January 1st, 2015 at 5:55pm

Great insight Erin! Gives us all many points to think about. I was feeling restless earlier today about many new starts for me and my family in 2015 and the Lord spoke to me "Stay close - follow me." I am excited abouut what the Lord will bring in 2015! Hope to see you soon.