Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but this is my one aim:
to forget everything that's behind, and to strain every nerve to go after what lies ahead.
I press on toward the finish line, where the prize waiting for me is the upward call of God
(Philippians 3:13-14)
by – Stuart H. Pouliot
January 1, 2015
Shalam, Shabath, Shalah
Each year I ask the Lord for a word for the year, and He has been faithful to give me one each year since 2007.
Sometimes I am not quite sure whether they are just for me and my wife or for the many. At any rate, I post them,
for I believe there are some out there who need the encouragement (or, exhortation).
I thought I had only one word for 2015, but then the Lord gave me a second one, and as I began to write this, I
realized He actually has given me three interconnected words, all dealing with peace, tranquility, completeness
(fullness), and rest. In spite of what might or might not happen in the world around us in 2015, these three words
are a mighty encouragement to all who cling to the love of their life, the Lord Jesus . I purposely state it this way,
but let me state it another way: Do you know Jesus as the lover of Your life? I hope so!
Today, as I began to write, I realized that the first word came with a dream on January 31, 2014. In the dream, I was
in a war, but it was not a typical one with people shooting at and killing one another. Strangely, it was called a WAR
OF PEACE . Normally, we think of fighting a war for peace but not fighting a war of peace. In giving me interpretation
of the dream and this war, the Lord spoke to me: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of
God. We are called to be peacemakers and to conquer through peace, through the prince of peace who has won
peace for all mankind and creation. We win hearts through His peace; not through the carnal weapons of our flesh
but through the spiritual sword, not the physical sword (i.e., guns).
Now, the first word for 2015 comes from the Hebrew word shalom [H7965], which, according to Strong's
Concordance , means: " safe , i.e., well , happy , friendly ; welfare , i.e., health, prosperity, peace, such as be at peace,
rest, welfare, well." Shalom comes from the primitive root shalam [H7999], which means: "to be safe (in mind, body
or estate); to be completed ; finish, full, make to be at peace." This is a "to be" (i.e., being ) word.
Within the definitions are the concepts of safety, peace, rest, and completeness (I.e., finish, full). As we will see,
these words connect to the other two words for 2015. The Lord is speaking peace to His people. We are safe and
secure in Him, and in Him we are complete. After all; it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness [ pleroma
G4138; "completion, full, fullness"] to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made
peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven (Colossians
1:19-20). For in Him all the fullness [ pleroma G4138] of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made
complete [ pleroo G4137], and He is the head over all rule and authority (Colossians 2:9-10). Although these words
come from the Greek, take note of the words fullness and complete . From this position, we are to wage a war of
peace in a world that knows so little of the reconciling peace of God.
The second word came on October 26, 2014 while I was quietly seeking the Lord. The word is sabbath . Many
Christians continue to debate what the sabbath means to the ecclesia , especially in regard to Saturday or Sunday
worship. This is old covenant thinking; we need new covenant spiritual vision. Most know that the Israelites were
called to rest on the weekly sabbath and to let the land rest in the seven-year sabbath. There is also the jubilee, the
49/50-year sabbath in which all debts were to be canceled or put away or put to rest. However, far fewer probably
know that at the end of all the ages (eons) to come, God's ultimate rest is what some call the grand jubilee of
creation , when all debts are fully and finally cancelled for ALL.
What seems more relevant at this point in history is to have a vision of the Lord's seventh-day shabbath—the age
to come. In that day, there will be peace and rest from war and all that frustrates man today. It is the kingdom of
righteousness and peace, the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ (Revelation 11:15).
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The Lord has revealed the end from the beginning, and He tells us right up front that He will have a seventh day,
meaning He will shabath or rest once again: Thus, the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts.
By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested [H7673 shabath ] on the seventh day
from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it (Genesis 2:1-3).
Prophetically, this pointed to six, 1,000-year days for man (man's day), followed by a seventh, 1,000-year day for
the Lord.
The primitive root word from which sabbath ( shabbath ) is derived is shabath (H7673), which, according to Strong,
means: "to repose , desist from exertion; make to cease, make to rest." The Hebrew word shabbath (H7676, from
H7673), means: " intermission , the Sabbath ." Thus, at the heart of shabath is the word rest , meaning to put away or
cease activity of some sort. This is not about a day of the week; it too is a "to be" (i.e., being ) word.
The third word for the year came on December 31, 2014 after I woke from a dream at 1:53 am. The dream was
quite significant, but that is a subject unto itself. By the way, the number 153 signifies sons of God . As I was
journaling the dream, I saw and heard the word shalah , another "to be" (i.e., being ) word.
The Hebrew word shalah (H7951) is a primitive root meaning "to be tranquil , i.e., secure or successful; be happy,
prosper, be in safety." The Hebrew words Shiloh (H7886 and H7887) and shelah (H7954; "to be secure, at rest")
come from this same root word. Notice the emphasis on the words rest and tranquil ; the latter being defined by
Webster's Dictionary as: "1. free from emotional disturbance or agitation; calm; serene; placid. 2. Quiet or
motionless; even; steady." Adding to this, one of Webster's definitions of peace is : "calm, quiet, tranquility." Thus,
the word shalah and its derivatives speak of tranquility, rest, and peace, similar to shalam and shabath .
Interestingly, the Lord could have given me the word Shiloh , and I would have understood. Quoting from Fausset's
Bible Encyclopedia and Dictionary , Shiloh means "the peacemaker," as it comes from the word shalah , meaning "to
be at peace" or "to be tranquil or at rest." Thus, prophetically speaking, Shiloh is the name of the prince of peace
(Isaiah 9:6), which is in line with the coming of Jesus, the prince of peace, to establish His kingdom of peace and
righteousness as the king-priest according to the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 5, 7). This seems to be the more
appropriate meaning of Shiloh .
Putting all of this together, for the year 2015, we are to be encouraged with the root words that have similar and
overlapping meanings: Shalam , Shabath , and Shalah . These are what could be called being words— be at peace, be
at rest, and be tranquil. Better yet, be full of Yeshua-Shiloh! The Savior and the Peacemaker of ALL!
Dear brethren, the Father is calling us into His place of peace, security, safety, rest, calm, tranquility, and
completeness or fullness. It is a place of being , not doing, for out of being comes the doing. There is only one place
that we discover all of these, and it is in none other than God's Son, our Lord Jesus. These things will be lacking if
we are living according to our flesh. We are being called to cease striving in our flesh, even "doing things for God,"
and to rest in the lover of our life by His spirit. The world, which has its ebb and flow of tumult, does not know
Shiloh, the peacemaker. But we do! And, we know that Shiloh came 2,000 years ago and is coming again to finish
the job, so to speak, ushering in a great age of peace, tranquility, and rest from striving after the wind and being
tossed about by tumult. It is time to enter into the fullness of Christ, to be complete in Him, no longer living in the
partiality but in the fullness of the beloved Son of God, to be more and more like the Son as we press on toward the
glory of sonship (number 153) in the age to come. It is about being.
Until King Jesus comes— Shalam , Shabath , Shalah!