The concept of a "new year" often brings with it the concept of a "new beginning." The Gregorian calendar year 2016 has just begun. However, just a few months ago, on Tishri 1 (equivalent to September 13, 2015), we entered into the Hebrew New Year of 5776. The Hebrew New Year begins on Rosh Hashanah, or the Feast of Trumpets, and initiates the group of fall feasts in God's calendar.
The concept of a new beginning at the start of a new year is found at the start of the Bible. God's Word begins with, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen 1:1). The phrase, "In the beginning" is equivalent Hebrew word, bereshyith. The first three Hebrew letters are bet (representing a house), resh (representing a son), and aleph (representing God), which combined mean, to fill or create. In the beginning, God was filling a void, which is evident in the next verse: "The earth was without form, and void..." (Gen 1:2).
The letters bet (house), resh (son), yod (worship, teach), and tav (covenant, marriage) form the word beriyth, meaning covenant. Within the letters of the first word of the Bible is God's original plan: He created a house for covenant (marriage) with, and the worship of (submission to learn from) His Son. We are the house of God in which this marriage covenant takes place, and we are also the Bride who will marry Yeshua to birth out (and even become) the sons of the Kingdom. So this house (the creation of us) was to fill a void in the earth by fulfilling a marriage covenant!
Re-arranging the letters of the word bereshyith spells, "aleph b'Tishri," meaning "the fist of Tishri." As aforementioned, Tishri1 is Rosh Hashanah, the New Year. So the first day of creation was Tishri 1, and when God spoke, "in the beginning," He formed through spoken word, "the Feast of Trumpets," a declaration of a new beginning!
It should be noted that in the original Hebrew text, Genesis 1:1 contains seven Hebrew words. Seven indicates perfection. It should also be noted that this year (the Hebrew year 5776) is a Shemitah year (every seventh year) before a Jubilee year (every 50th year), and can be referred to as a Super Shemitah year, or seven sevens (super perfection!). Recall that during a Shemitah year there is a release of debt. Debt is the ignorance of truth, and we are released from debt by learning the truth. Let's expect a year of perfection (maturity) through the release of debt (learning the truth)!
As we continue through this New Year (both the Hebrew and Gregorian), let us recall that in the beginning, He already established a beautiful plan to marry us with His Son and perfect us through His truth!
S. L. Yang @ Forerunner Ministries International