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Eleven is the number of transition. As it is often said, the 11th hour comes right before the start of a new day.
But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. Deuteronomy 11:11 NIV
God's promise to Israel in Deuteronomy 11:11 was that when they finally made it to the Promised Land, they would transition into a season in which they were under God's continual blessing from the beginning of the year to the end.
Eleven is a very interesting number to study in the Bible. While we normally refer to it as a symbol of transition, 11 is also associated with revelation that will help transition us into something new and overdue.
A Closer Look at the Number 11
The first mention of 11 in the Bible is in Genesis 32:22, when Jacob takes his wives and 11 sons on a journey to return to the land of his inheritance. He originally left because his brother Esau was angry that Jacob had stolen his birthright. Jacob began running from his destiny because of fear.
On the night mentioned in verse 22 (11 doubled), an angel visited Jacob and they wrestled until dawn. It was at this point that Jacob received the revelation that he was to change his name to Israel and transition into his destiny with much more clarity and boldness.
The 11th Son
This took place when Jacob's wife Rachel had just given birth to their 11th son, Joseph, who grew up to be a prophetic dream interpreter. It was in Genesis 30:22 that Rachel conceived Joseph (again we see 11 x 2 = 22).
Joseph's major gifting was revelation and he was used to transition Israel into a new season of blessing during one of the biggest economic downturns on Earth.
In Genesis 31:11 Jacob is visited by an angel and is given revelation on how to prosper under his father-in-law Laban, who had been ripping him off. Jacob used this revelation to transition out of being robbed and into major prosperity and deeper maturity.
Interestingly, this took place while Rachel was pregnant with Joseph. It was Joseph who carried his father's prophetic gifting far more than his brothers.
Transition and Revelation
In Genesis 35:11 God speaks to Israel (Jacob) prior to his beloved wife Rachel dying during the birth of his 12th son, Benjamin. This was a time of both transition (losing a loved one) and also revelation: Jacob would continue to be fruitful and multiply. Benjamin carried his mother's anointing of being loved and favored by his father.
The number 11 occurs during the transition of leadership and spiritual inheritance from Esau to Jacob. It is mentioned during a time of revelation on how to gain wealth and to expand the Kingdom of God on Earth. It is also the number of Joseph, who was instrumental in using revelation to bring both transition and prosperity.
Watch for New Revelation
Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Luke 11:11 NIV
In Luke 11:11, Jesus releases new revelation that the Father is not mean or judgmental, as portrayed in the Old Testament. This is an example of transitional revelation.
Watch for God to provide deeper revelation about who He is and our calling to love the world.