Today, I want to declare that we are entering into a Year of Complete Victory! Why do I say that? We must first understand the Biblical meaning of the Number 17.
The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 17
In the Bible, the number 17 symbolizes “overcoming the enemy” and “complete victory.” God overcame the sins of rebellious humans when he began to flood the earth through rain on the 17th of the second Hebrew month. Noah’s ark and its eight passengers rested on the mountains of Ararat on the 17th of the seventh month (right in the middle of God’s annual Holy period known as the Feast of Tabernacles).
Jesus Christ gained a complete victory over death and the grave when God resurrected him near sunset on Nisan 17 (Saturday, April 8, 30 A.D.).
In the book of 1 Corinthians the thirteenth chapter, the seventeenth mention of the word ‘love’ comes when the apostle Paul states that it is the GREATEST gift of all (1 Corinthians 13:13). God’s unending love (John 3:16) is truly victorious over all things. Those who stay faithful to God to the end of their lives will gain the victory over the grave when they are miraculously brought back to life (see 1 Corinthians 15).
Daniel 7’s beasts have seven heads and ten horns, for a total number of 17. They represent world-ruling powers from Daniel’s time to the Second Coming of Jesus. The devil’s end-time system (Revelation 13) will have seven heads and ten horns, which totals 17. All mankind will very soon obey and worship the devil and the Beast power. They will war against those who have faith in Jesus and keep the commandments, thus achieving a victory (though short-lived) against God’s people (Revelation 13:1 – 8).
True Christians, however, will gain the ultimate victory over God’s adversaries when he resurrects them back to life (Revelation 15:2; 20:4). One of the major themes of the Day of Atonement (commonly referred to as Yom Kippur), which occurs in the seventh Hebrew month on the tenth day, is the binding of Satan (see Revelation 20). Thus, 10 plus 7 equal the number 17, which testifies to Christ’s perfect overcoming of Satan.
Appearances of the number seventeen
Rehoboam, son of Solomon and the very first king of Judah after the united kingdom split in 930 B.C., reigned for 17 years (930 to 913 B.C.).
One of the longest names found in the word of God, containing 17 letters, is Chushanrishathaim (Judges 3:8).
How does the number 17 symbolize our standing with God?
In Romans 8:35 the apostle Paul asks a simple question which is “What shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (HBFV). He extends his question a little more by asking if the following seven things could separate us, which are tribulation, persecution, distress, nakedness, famine, the sword or any other danger. He then tells us ten things that CANNOT get between our God and us, which are life, death, principalities, powers, angels, things present or to come, depth, height or anything created. Thus we have 7 + 10 = 17, representing a Christian’s perfect and eternal standing with God through Christ.
Additional info on the Biblical Meaning of 17
Psalm 83, verses 6 to 11, lists seventeen total enemies of Israel. Seven of these God destroyed in the past. The other ten foes will soon try to destroy the Israelites and “cut them off from being a nation.” The Psalm, written by Davidic priests, beseeches the Eternal to treat Israel’s future enemies like those in the past. The seven enemies God destroyed are the Midianites, Sisera, Jabin, Oreb, Zeeb, Zebah, and Zalmunna. The future confederation prophesied to be against God’s chosen are Edom, Ishmaelites, Moab, Hagarenes, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistines, Tyre, and Assyria.
As you can see, we are entering into a year filled with many victories. I do not know what it is that you are facing right now, but whatever trouble you face, God has the victory. It doesn’t matter what type of hell you’ve been through this past year, there is going to be a divine turn-around for you and your family in the coming year of 2017. Everything is going to be reversed and sent back to senders. Everything that was meant for evil over your life will be turned around for the good of those that love the Lord. Do not be discouraged, nor dismayed, for you will see breakthroughs happen in the coming year of 2017. God’s perfect will for your life will override every test that you had to endure to make you into a perfect testimony. You will see great things happen this year and will receive divine favour in many areas of your life that you have never seen before in this coming year.
Look up to the One who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all you could ever ask or think or imagine. You will defy the odds, you will defy people’s expectations, you will be the exception to the worldly rule because you have divine favour. God will promote you this year, and you will testify of the goodness that you have received from the Lord. Shift your mindset, shift your thinking and do not go by what you see but learn to move by faith and you will see amazing things happen. Trust in the Lord with all your heart this year and do not lean unto your own understanding and He will direct your path and make it straight. God will appoint your destiny helpers, destiny drivers, and destiny movers to shift you from where you are to where He wants you to be. So do not despise the teachers that He brings to your address this year. Learn to humble yourself so that you can move to the next level of promotion in the Year 2017. Humility is key for moving and entering into a place where favour follows you everywhere that you go. If you refuse to humble yourself, you will miss out on what God has promised for you, so change your heart, change your mind and move by faith and not by what you see. You will see amazing things happen this year and you will be a trail-blazer in this coming year. Just put your 100% trust in God and watch Him perform His wonders in your life, in Jesus Name I pray, AMEN! God Bless You Everybody!