• Hannah Nesher

What does 2022 hold in Store from a Hebrew Perspective?

Updated: Jan 12

This calendar year, 2022, contains three 2’s. What is the Biblical significance of the numeral two? What insights from the Hebrew reveal what 2022 has in store?

The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 2

In Hebrew, two is translated as Shtayim שתיים [f.], or shnayim שְׁנַיִם [m.]

It is also related to the Hebrew word shanah שָׁנָה , meaning year; l’shanot לשנות, meaning to change (v.) or shinui שינוי (change n.). We can expect 2022 to be a year of great change.

Two also represents union, as in marriage when “two shall become one flesh.” Thus it may be a time when certain individuals, groups, or elements of society come into unity - whether for good or for evil.

The greatest union of all is the Messiah with the church. God is drawing His people into a closer union with Himself in 2022. The trials we are going through are not meant to separate us from Him, but to draw us ever closer into a more intimate, personal relationship with our Creator through Yeshua Hamashiach (the Messiah).

Ideally, a union of two becoming one will be used for a good, holy, beneficial purpose. For example, there are two great commandments (love God and love your neighbor), two houses of Israel (the sticks of Judah/Yehudah and Ephraim/Joseph which become one in God’s hand), two leavened loaves on Shavuot (the double portion), two cherubim guarding the Ark of the Covenant, two good spies (Joshua and Caleb who came back with a good report of the Land), and two people groups - Jews and Gentiles - who become ‘one new man’ in Messiah Yeshua.

There were two pillars watching over and protecting Israel during their exodus from Egypt: a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

Two can therefore be a source of protection and guidance, as it is written,

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Eccl. 4:9-12)

Two are meant to complement one another - to be a blessing - and not to bring division or conflict. Two opposing forces can create strife and cause terrible destruction, even to future generations.

In a good marriage, however, the man and woman coming together as husband and wife will be a blessing not only to one another but also to their future family.

The Hebrew word for blessing, brachah, ברכה begins with the letter bet ב, which is the 2nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet and corresponds to the number 2. God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. With two (2), multiplication is possible.

Whether or not the union to come in 2022 will be a blessing or a curse; multiplication of good or evil, depends on who is coming into greater unity - the global Body of Messiah, or the forces that seek only to steal, kill and destroy.

The letter bet ב also stands for the Hebrew word, ‘boneh’ בנה which means build’;

bayit בַּיִת - house; and binah בִּינָה - understanding. Binah is the 2nd spirit of God.

We need wisdom and understanding to build a house that will withstand the storms of life. “Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;” (Prov. 24:3)

What is going to be built in 2022? Will it be a ‘Tower of Babel’? Or will the Kingdom of God be built and established?

The Hebrew letter bet (2) is also the first letter of the Hebrew word ‘ben’ which means ‘son’ בֵּן. Yeshua, son of God, is the chief cornerstone on which we must build. We, Jews and Gentiles in Messiah, are being fitted together, growing into a holy temple in the Lord… being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Ephesians 2:21

Two can represent not only unity but also division. At the beginning of creation, God separated the light from the darkness. When God parted the Red Sea, He divided the waters into two parts so that the Israelites could escape from their enemies.

Division is not