The Year 5774: Ayin Dalet

Sundown on Wednesday, September 4 marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year. For the Jewish community, this is a time of reflection, purification and hopeful contemplation of the future. Not unlike our Western New Year’s celebrations, Rosh Hashanah is a time of recapping or regrouping in order to advance. The word I shared on Ayin Gimel is still being fulfilled in the lives of God’s people, both now and in the days ahead. What Father releases in any year does not expire at the close of the calendar year. Think of these timely revelations as layers of flavors added to the dispensational brew that Heaven is distilling in the earth. Each ingredient flavors the whole and affects the end-result. I encourage you to read what God has been doing thus far in the decade, here, here, and here. It’s quite impossible for a desiring heart to miss out on what God has begun to pour out. He’s still pouring, friend. Drink and refresh yourself for the work that must be done.

boththingysAyin Dalet is the year 5774 (or our year 2014) which commences Wednesday evening for the Jewish people. Never have I been more excited about the prospects of this year as revealed in the pictorial indications of dalet. Remember, the Hebrew alphabet doubles as numbers giving each character a numerical value.  Since each Hebrew character possesses a pictorial meaning as well, there are layers of richness to each letter/number.  Dates also paint a picture, revealing the Creator’s design for that particular year. Ayin dalet means “74” in Hebrew – ayin meaning 70 and dalet, 4. Shall we begin?

Ayin “70”

If you are not familiar with the number 70 or ayin’s pictorial meaning, here’s a brief recap. Every decade has an overarching theme.  Ayin “70″ possesses meaning that sets the stage for the next 10 years.  2011 is known as ayin aleph, 2012 as ayin bet, 2013 as ayin gimel and so forth.  The word “ayin” means – eye; to see, and by extension, to understand and obey. It also means “Divine Providence”.

ayinThe ayin is described as having 2 eyes – the choice of using good or evil to perceive things – optimism or pessimism.  Ayin is a silent letter. (No translation of it in English) It sees, but does not speak; representing humility.  The name ayin can also mean “eye” or “fountain”, a fountain of wisdom and the ability to perceive wisdom.  There was much emphasis at the beginning of this decade (5770’s or 2010’s) on the cultivation of prophetic insight.  Among those who grew in prophetic sight and utterance, some saw optimistically others pessimistically.  My hope is to promote the optimistic ayin in the church, seeing how faith works by hope and love (Gal 5:6 & Col 1:5). The pessimistic ayin spews forth what I consider fearful, and sometimes vengeful venom which manifests in the way of horrifying or judgmental prophetic words. This only serves to paralyze the work of God. Either way, eyes began to open in 2010, and that process will continue on throughout the decade.  Each subsequent year will bring enlightenment to the eyes of the church in a new arena.

daletDalet “4”

Dalet is the picture of a hanging tent door. The door, dalet, also can mean the movement of one coming from or going into the tent. As is the case with every word, we can interpret negatively or positively. During dalet, one will either move (1) out of or (2) back into their tent.  Will you choose to vacate places of confinement or will you choose to retreat into the tent of isolation? Perhaps you are as Abram in Genesis 15 who lamented to God, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” Fruitless and frustrated, Abram was about to give up hope on ever obtaining the promise. In response to Abram’s cry, God took him outside of his tent to view the stars in the Heavens.

“He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.'” Genesis 15:5 NIV

May this post be the voice of the Lord beckoning you out of your tent to perceive the possibilities. Come out of the tent of fruitlessness and frustration. Re-envision God’s promises made long ago.

In order to step outside of the tent, one must bow to clear the low-hanging door. To come out of limitation and confinement, dalet will require us to humble ourselves in a curious way. When bowing, one has a particular view of his feet, hands, arms and body in general. On our way out of the tent, we must look at our feet (symbolic of our journey), our hands (symbolic of our accomplishments), our arms (symbolic of our strengths), and our body (symbolic of our health and wholeness). Possessing our destiny will necessitate a time of introspection and honest assessment. In preparation for ayin dalet, may I encourage you to honestly evaluate your life in these four critical areas.

1. Feet (your journey). Where has God brought you from? What of His faithfulness have you learned on the trajectory of life? How do the geographies of your past prepare you for the future?

2. Hands (your accomplishments). Where have you succeeded? When in life have you felt the most fulfillment or achievement? What was it that you were doing?

3. Arms (your strengths). For what are you sought out? What skills, spiritual giftings, innate genius have you discovered?

4. Body (your health and wholeness). How whole are you emotionally and physically? Are there areas of your health that need addressed? How about your emotional stability? Denial keeps us from bowing humbly in honest assessment. Your destiny can only be as fully realized as you are whole emotionally and physically.

Dalet does not require you to be perfect, but merely honest in these four critical areas. If you are to come out of your tent of limitation, whatever is limiting you must be targeted. Many are kept from their destiny because they refuse to acknowledge the purpose for which they were created. Sometimes we want to be anything BUT what God has called us to be.

“Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, ‘Why have you made me like this?'” Romans 9:20 NLT

The more quickly you embrace the obvious purposes of God for your life, the sooner you will see the promise. Be brave! Remember it is He, the Lord, Who will lead you out of the tent – if you are willing to honestly look.

Doors Will Open

Doors will open this year as you are willing to walk through them. What has evaded you will come into your field of view beckoning your involvement. Responsibility is shifting into your hands, forcing you to decide, “How bad do I want it?” “Is my potential future worth the cost of my comfort?” “Can I survive outside of my tent of limitation?”

As I began to study dalet, the tent door, two passages came to light. Each of these references speak to what you can expect to greet you as you step through your tent door.

1. Expect Confirmation.

In Genesis 18:1-2 we read how the Lord appeared to Abraham as he sat by the tent door. “The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth.” The Lord appeared to Abraham as three visitors sent to deliver this word.

Genesis 18:10 NIV “Then one of them said, ‘I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.’”

The once far-off promise was given a due date. Things that have hovered in the realm of the ethereal, upon confirmation, will begin to materialize in the coming year.

2. Expect Commissioning

In the days ahead, leaders who embrace the relay concept will be willing to hand a baton to the next positioned runner. Some visions can be accomplished in a lifetime while others require multi-generational participation to be fulfilled. Ministries and/or businesses that will survive into the coming generation will offer new runners opportunities to get in the game. 

In Deuteronomy 31, Moses nears his death. In verses 14-15 we read,

“Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Behold, the time for you to die is near; call Joshua, and present yourselves at the tent of meeting,that I may commission him.’ So Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves at the tent of meeting. The LORD appeared in the tent in a pillar of cloud, and the pillar of cloud stood at the doorway of the tent.” NAS

Notice it is God, Himself, Who commissions Joshua at the door of the tent. When God calls you to the door of the tent of meeting, your commissioning is at hand.

Jesus, Our Door

In John 10:9 KJV, Jesus says, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” He is our dalet – the One who leads us into greener pastures. Too many of us follow our favorite ministers or voices hoping to find our destiny. Until you hone in on the voice of the Shepherd, the door of destiny will elude you. He alone can confirm. He alone can commission. He alone can grant entry into the next assignment or pasture of your life. Sell all of the stock you have placed in man’s ability to identify and promote you, and invest it where it belongs. May I speak a declaration over you?

I declare over you the blessings of ayin dalet. The door of your tent is no longer a barrier to your destiny, but an open gateway to your future. The Lord, Himself, will lead you out of places of limitation into new territories. You have new eyes to see your purpose and to envision God-given possibilities. You will grow in emotional stability as you address your fears. Your health will spring forth speedily, including physical strength, weight loss, and fitness. Sickness and disease will no longer hold you hostage.

Promises you have held onto for years will be activated by words of confirmation. This time next year, you will hold your promise in its infancy. As you are faithful to the tent of meeting, the Lord will request and fulfill your commissioning. Circumstances cannot thwart the timing of the Lord. You, my friend, are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He alone is the door to Your future. You will not veer from your unfeigned faith in Christ.

So BE it!

VIDEO LINK: Watch Stephen Strader of Ignited Church in Lakeland, Florida declare the blessing of Ayin Dalet.



67 thoughts on “The Year 5774: Ayin Dalet

  1. Thank you Melissa for the encouraging word for this next year. I receive the prayer of blessing for myself, family, and ministry. ENLARGE the openings!

  2. You absolutely may speak a declaration over me, thank you! I spoke it along with you in faith, and prayed a hundred-fold return of the blessings decreed upon your life also. Happy continuation of the blessings of Ayin Gimel, & Happy Ayin Dalet!

  3. Great declaration at the end to summarize what to expect from the year ahead. Thanks so much for the time poured into this word and being a voice of hope and optimism!

  4. Melissa, I thank you along with Joel …the Word you shared last year has carried me through much adversity this past year and watered my spirit and soul when I read it and desperately needed it! There were many confirmations even recently – I receive this Word and Blessing! May God return to you 7 fold, the blessing you have been to the Body, Thank you for your faithfulness!

  5. WOW. Thank you, especially for the declaration spoken. Such sweet words, powerful. As I was reading the last paragraph “Jesus is our door” the Holy Spirit reminded me of when the Israelites were in Egypt and put the blood of the passover lamb on their doors. Inside they were safe and the Lord passed over them. But after the passover they went out that same door being led into the Promised Land. The Word of God confirming what you wrote.

  6. WOW. Thank you, especially for the declaration spoken. Such sweet words, powerful. As I was reading the last paragraph “Jesus is our door” the Holy Spirit reminded me of when the Israelites were in Egypt and put the blood of the passover lamb on their doors. Inside they were safe and the Lord passed over them. But after the passover they went out that same door being led into the Promised Land. The Word of God confirming what you wrote.

  7. Very wonderful and touching me, the reflection is so touching and blessing, May Lord Jesus always be with you Melisa 🙂

  8. Thanks for this powerful teaching and word for God’s New Year. Blessings and Favor to you in Jesus name. Artherrine

  9. As I, audibly declared your prayer of blessings over us, I felt heat all over my body and tears so quickly filled my eyes, intense!!! The presence of the Lord is in this place! This is the first I read something like this or come across your web page, I was looking to learn more about the Jewish new year and it’s meaning since last night, I just woke up so keep searching and the Lord led me to you! Thank you! I declare, m
    multiplied blessings to you and yours! L’Shona Tova, Blessed Jewish New Year! ( :

  10. Wow! Melissa, WOW!! Thank you for being obedient to listen to poppa God and write. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! This set me in a clear place with light in my eyes. I am illuminated!

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  13. ♥¸.•*””*•.¸❤¸❤
    Abundant & Sweet Crown of the Year Blessings Minister Melissa! ==>This is such a power-filled Word of revelation and confirmation for me. Every thing around me resonates the revelation of Ayin Dalet. I honor the LORD for His great faithfulness and forever faithfulness toward me ~ us! I speak continued abundance upon you, your family & ministry. Let’s stay connected. #FamilyOfTheFaithfulForever

  14. Hi Melissa, I discovered your excellent post through a link on our church’s Facebook at

    Thank you, for this complements the teaching we heard from messianic rabbi Curt Landry at Church of His Presence in AL yesterday. A link is below in case you may be interested in how this visiting preacher taught for 2 hrs about the glory dominion mandate of Covenant living with God, demonstrating how approaching our door is what Jesus meant about the camel going through the ‘eye of a needle’ – I recall someone said this was a doorway at the base of one of Jerusalem’s gates.

    He showed how to live through each year and how it can be applied to building on newly acquired land, as well as the importance of this ‘3-stranded cord’ of One New Man in your nation.

    A few other points echoed and were relevant to what we’d heard only 6 hrs earlier at our church in UK – praise the Lord! So I believe you will be blessed even more with following from 1hr 10min, bearing with a very short promo >>

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  16. Ive been taught to test teachings/interpretations and I can say this interpretation sits well with me.(test every spirit: 1 John4:1)

    I am deeply blessed by your sharing. I receive the word as well as the Lord has been leading me to be frank with myself about my life(as well as fully leaning on Him:psalm 32:8 psalm73:23). Many years have come n gone painfully from promises once promised and excruciatingly painful repeated failures but i fully receive the word that in a year’s time from now i will see the infancy of those promises.

    Thank you so much for sharing the word of the new year~
    Jesus bless you richly for being faithful to His spirit of goodness.

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  19. Melissa, YOUR teaching on Ayin Dalet was prophetic and simplistic for a non-Jewish Christian like me. I have received both my, “Confirmation and Commissioning” as you boldly declared. Will be sowing seed faith into your ministry, to seal these declarations shortly.

  20. I claim this in the name of Jesus. There is a particular dream that i have had since i was 5years old and I have a renewed spirit that the dream is becoming a reality. God keeps His promises, every single time.

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  23. Reblogged this on APreachasKid and commented:
    Now is approximately the time that I begin to look ahead to what the new year will bring. While most are satisfied in simple preparation for the coming holidays, this is where I truly begin to dream and hope for the possibilities. The words you are about to read, literally took my breath away and turned on not just a light bulb; it turned on a lighthouse beacon.

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  25. This word is serious. I receive it wholeheartedly. I believe it and know that this is an anointed prophetic message. These words are bring spoken over my church now. The year 2014 is to be a year of of ministry assignments, as God seeks to give me that which is promises, in terms of marriage and family.

    I have to do my part to fulfill his agenda, through ministry.

  26. I came upon your site as I prepare for photographing my pastor for our year end magazine. What a great and wonderful words. I receive the declaration and blessings, looking forward for 2014 and believing that He will fulfill what He has promised. Thank you and Gold bless you.

  27. After finding your website, I do know that for God there are not coincidences, but divine appointments.
    Thanks so much for sharing this “awesome” insight into 2014. I have shared it in my prayer group and one of the leaders, confirmed that had a prophetic dream, a bit unclear; but, this study shed the needed light!
    I have been so impressed by the declaration and insights, that I am planning to share again with the entire church congregation this week.
    I am so excited to share the Declaration and blessing to each one of us, and I firmly believe as Isaiah 55:11 read: So is my Word that goes out from my mouth It will not return to me empty. Thanks in behalf of each one of us that has been blessed with your defining words!!!

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  29. Thank you so much for your post! On the second day of this year 2014 I had a vision of the wind of the Spirit blowing doors open! I really appreciate the declaration of blessing.

  30. My name is Dayo,
    Today I live again, I live ‘a-freshened’ and awakened by the confirming word of the Sprit of truth, through you, to my heart and hopes. May the love of God as our Father, richly bless and embrace you Melissa. I believe this post is coming at a time and phase of critical renewal/s in YOUR life. Embrace it.
    Behold! He does a NEW thing in YOU! Now, even Now shall you know it: Isaiah 43:19-20 (KJV)
    “19Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. ”
    Behold, a new way! Behold a new (prophetic) Day! Behold and BE BOLD! Take the steps! Those CRITICAL steps I have shown(revealed) to you in the quiet place of your preparations! They are steps ordered and ORDAINED of me. Trust the overflow you see, it is a manifestation of my condensed presence with you & upon you.
    Taste your river, taste it again and know that I am with you.
    Ayin Dalet! Aylin Dalet my sister.
    (Well done, thou good and faithful daughter xxxx)

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  35. Thank you so much for such a blessing and confirmation to my spirit. I have been painting door frames in my house and this ties right into the moment. Door frames are such a tedious job and each crack n crevasse must be tediously painted if done right and not sloppy. There is meaning to me on this. The door frame must be perfect so that we can enjoy it entirely. So our Lord Jesus is perfect and will open the door at perfect timing once we are painted and ready to be shown. Blessings to you.

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