A new year on the Gregorian calendar is beginning, 2024. On the Hebrew calendar the new civil year of 5784 began in September. You will notice that the last number of the year on each calendar are the same. Those who understand Hebrew numerology pay particular attention to this number because it can help them determine what could be in store for us in the year to come.
The Hebrew word for four is Dalet, which is a picture of a door. Thus, prophets have been declaring that this is the year of the open door. They believe that the door is being opened for us to have a deeper relationship with the Lord and a deeper understanding of His Word. Of particular interest to me is Isaiah 22:20-24. "In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah. I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David: What he opens no one can shut and what he shuts no one can open. I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will be a seat of honor for the house of his father. All the glory of his family will be hung on him..."
We should delve deeper into the picture that this scripture paints. First of all, Eliakim means "raised up by God," and he is a picture of Jesus who was raised up by the power of God to rule over His house. Hilkiah means "my portion is Yahweh." It is Jesus who has unlimited control that has been given to Him by His Father. According to the footnote for Isaiah 22 in The Passion Translation, the doors that are being opened (loosed) are doors of "revelation, treasure, favor, and opportunity. When He closes (binds) those doors, no amount of human striving can open them."
The key to the house of David is a Kingdom key. The Church of Philadelphia received a letter that repeated the prophetic words from Isaiah 22. "These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your needs. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut..." (Revelation 3:6-8) Also, we should note that Jesus used similar words to illustrate the authority He was given by God that He will transfer to His disciples. "I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:19)
Keys represent spiritual authority and power. They are needed to open doors. Just as Jesus gave His disciples this authority to preach the Gospel and bring others into His Kingdom, He gives these keys to His Church. The key to the house of David would be a heart of worship that overcomes the things of this world. It is worship that unlocks truth.
As Believers in Jesus, the Church has a responsibility to unlock truth by using the keys we have been given. He has tasked us with bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to earth and has empowered us with Spiritual authority to carry out His mandates. 2024 brings us new opportunities. We must look for the doors that God is opening and closing in our lives, and strategically position ourselves to walk through the openings. He has a unique part for each of us to play in His Kingdom work. He is ready to equip us with the wisdom and knowledge we will need to conduct His plans for this season. In addition, as we walk through the open doors that the Lord is presenting; we will be coming into the fulfillment of our destinies
Joan E. Mathias