of the Year 2023 - Cursing Turned to Blessing
endure for the night,
But a shout of Happiness comes
in the morning!" (Psalm 30:5)
The Meaning of the
Year 2023 - Cursing Turned to Blessing
Meaning of 23 in Scripture
The Meaning of
the Year 2023 - Cursing Turned to Blessing
January 1, 2023 (Day 1):
meaning of the year 2023 is cursing turned to blessing.
This is based on the meaning of the number 23 in scripture as an
ordinal number. The meaning of 23 as a cardinal number in
scripture is a Spiritual uptrend. The ordinal number is in
the 22-23 sequence, where 22 is for cursing, and 23 is cursing
turned to blessing. After cursing, God provides
relief. He does not curse forever (Psa 30:5; 103:9; Isa
57:16). The number 23 may be illustrated as coming out of
the valley of cursing, corresponding to a Spiritual
uptrend. The uptrend is due to God's blessing. The Cycles
of National Blessing are an example of a Spiritual
The number 23 is perhaps best described as a summary of movement
in the right direction in the Christian life. When God
blesses, life is good. Things work out. There is
success in life. The rains come; the crops grow; the
markets are good; there is profit to be made; the economy hums;
the home team wins; the orchestra strikes up a pleasing song;
the world smiles; people are healthy, happy, and full of
hope. The clouds have a silver lining. Things work
together for good.
In the Christian life God provides in Grace. He gives seed
to the sower, bread to the baker, understanding, enlightenment,
true Love, and Divine Happiness. The promises of God bear
fruit, there are pleasant memories, pleasant dreams, and victory
over evil. The Father gives in Grace from His riches in
Glory, the Word lights our path, and the Holy Spirit provides
Spiritual freedom and Divine Happiness. Even little
successes in the Spiritual life are rewarding. Things
appear to be proceeding according to the lessons from Bible
class. Even the Divine Discipline is bearable and not
So, 23 is movement in the right direction, an upward trend, like
an airplane ascending to cruising altitude. The Christian
is advancing in the Spiritual life, and God is fulfilling His
promises. The blessing of God also overflows into the
environment, the government, business, and even the
heavens. Each one of us is merely a dot (or pixel) in the
big picture. The picture is the integral, and we are the
differential. The analysis of the number 23 in scripture
is like trying to describe a picture with a thousand
words. And each person is only interested in his little
piece. He wants to know what it means to him in 2023.
Cursing turned to blessing begins with Salvation. The New
Spiritual life begins at Salvation.
2 Corinthians 5:17
The new Spiritual life that
began at Salvation must be found and figured out in order to
live it. That can be a difficult process.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new Spiritual
species; the old paradigm has passed away; behold, a new
paradigm (kind of things) has come.
Working out your own Salvation
means discovering and executing the new Spiritual life in Christ
Jesus. Doing so with "fear
and trembling" is a metaphor for having heightened
sensitivity in the presence of (in fellowship with) Almighty
God, who designed our life. The angels know about our life
on Earth from beginning to end, and God knows. We have to
figure it out.
12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as
in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out
your own Salvation with fear and trembling;
13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to act
on behalf of His good pleasure.
God (the Holy Spirit) works in us through the Filling of the
Holy Spirit to reveal our new life. "Both
to will" means:
"To act on behalf of His good pleasure" means
God uses us to act on behalf of His will and design.
- God expresses His will
to us and in us (Matt 26:39, 42; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42;
- God uses us to
accomplish His will (Heb 13:21).
So every day that we Rebound and live the new Spiritual life,
our old life of cursing is turned to blessing. If we
execute the new life, we will not only be redeemed, but we will
also have impact on the nation and in the world.
14 Do all things without complaining or arguing;
15 In order that you might become blameless and innocent,
children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and
perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the
Life on this Earth in the
devil's world is not Heaven. There will be stumbling
blocks that upset and irritate us. But if we are living
the new Spiritual life that God created for us, we must not
complain about it. And if we are not living the new
Spiritual life, we should be. Complaining is a sin
of the tongue from worry. It indicates lack of faith.
Arguing is another sin of the tongue from bitterness, jealousy,
and rejection of authority. It takes two people to argue.
Marriages are full of
contention. It is a sin of rejection of God's appointed
authority and of the Authority of God. It is rejection of
the new Spiritual life that God created. The devil
rejected the life that God created for him.
For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no gossiper, contention quiets down.
The reason for giving up sins is so that we can become "blameless and innocent," meaning
sanctified and without sin. Sin is contrary to God, and we
are children of God. Sin destroys fellowship with God and
leaves us cursed. We should be above reproach even though
we are living in the devil's world in a "crooked
and perverse generation." Even though the world
around us is corrupt, believers have the light of God.
They are like stars in space. The angels see their
testimony, even if the world around them is blind.
of 23 in Scripture
The cardinal number 23 is for a Spiritual uptrend.
- Nu. 3:39 cf. Nu 26:62 –
The number of Levites in the second year of the Exodus was
22,000 and in the 40th year was 23,000
- Jer 52:28 – There were
3023 captives taken to Babylon in the seventh (17th) year
(Israel's cursing, Babylon's blessing)
- Ezra 2:11, 17, 19, 21,
28; Neh 7:32 – the captives who returned from Babylon
The ordinal number 23 is for cursing turned to blessing.
Note by way of application Rebound turns
cursing to blessing, although the number 23 does not appear in
the verses on Rebound (1 Jn 1:9; 2 Chron 6:37-39; Jer 3:12; Mic
- Deut. 23:5; Neh 13:2;
- Dan. 8:14 – There will
be 2300 evenings and mornings before the restoration of the
Holy Place in the Tribulation
The year 2022
was the year of cursing, corresponding to the bottom of the
valley. The year 2023 will be cursing turned to blessing
and an historical uptrend with Divine Blessing, corresponding to
coming up out of the valley.
The COVID pestilence of 2022 led to quarantine on a large
scale. Public gatherings were shut down, and people were
isolated to keep from spreading the virus. Sporting
events, restaurants, businesses, and even church services were
shut down. People kept a distance of six feet apart and
wore face masks. Social gatherings were shunned even if
they weren't expressly prohibited. The pandemic continued
all over the world for three years.
People were forced into isolation during the pandemic.
Those who had the virus were quarantined, and those who feared
catching it isolated themselves. The threat of death from
the virus created a crisis. Those who survived were left
with psychological trauma that would last for the rest of their
life. Like those who went through the Great Depression or
World War II, those who survived the COVID crisis were left with
scars for life.
Separation from the world is required for Sanctification, but
even mature believers had not separated to the point of
isolation as required during the COVID pandemic. There are
strategic events in life that must be faced alone. These
include birth, death, Salvation, and Rebound. The extreme
separation of the COVID crisis was not just a separation from
people but also from demons that inhabited worldly venues.
Separation from people does not remove relationship with their
demons, but when the venue is shut down, the demons depart also.
Even people in churches have demons. Stopping the church
service prevents relationships with their demons. Thus,
the isolation during the pandemic broke up relationships in
Political Babylon of Satan's kingdom. Satan's kingdom was
crippled. Friends could be deadly during the pandemic, but
their demons could also cause spiritual death. The silver
lining of isolation could be Spiritual freedom.
Everyone who lived suffered from the curse of the pandemic in
2022. All were under the curse – the good and the
bad. This seems unfair, but God had reason for it.
In contrast, cursing will be turned to blessing in 2023. This is
like being able to take a rest from hard work. It doesn't
mean the fullness of blessing, but after the cursing of 2022 any
relief would be a blessing.
Those people with psychological scars from 2022 will have
undeserved blessing in 2023. The blessing will be given to
everyone whether good or bad. Undeserved cursing leads to
undeserved blessing. There will still be suffering from
the scars of 2022, but the suffering will be credited for
blessing. The blessing may include Escrow Blessing in Time
or rewards in Eternity.
This happens in Rebound. Sin causes spiritual death and
results in Divine Punishment – not for the sin but for rejecting
the Christian life. Rebound results in forgiveness of sins
because the sins were judged on the cross. After Rebound
Divine Punishment is changed to suffering for blessing.
The suffering is credited for blessing.
Spiritual uptrends come from
the Blessing of God. Many types of Spiritual uptrends
occur in scripture without reference to the number
23. These types of uptrends may also occur in our
life with or without the number 23. Some of the
Spiritual uptrends found in scripture include the following.
1. Rise of a
God instituted the Divine Institution of Nationalism after the
Tower of Babel incident. Nations protect human
freedom. Nations can prosper under the blessing of God or
fall under cursing. God called Abraham and promised to
make him a great nation (Gen 12:2). The nation of Israel
rose to great power as a Client Nation to God. So long as
Israel obeyed God, it prospered (2 Chron 7:14). The rise
of Israel illustrated a Spiritual uptrend in a nation.
God not only blessed Israel, but the nations associated with
Israel were blessed by association and received splash off
blessing (Gen 12:3; Nu 24:9). Israel was born from the
womb of Egypt. After leaving Egypt, Israel inherited the
Promised Land (Ps 37:9, 22, 29, 34; Isa 57:13).
However, it had to conquer the Promised Land as a symbol
of freedom through military victory and advancing
to Spiritual Maturity. The people of Israel
had to be promoted Spiritually before God could bless
them with victory in the Promised Land.
When Israel obeyed God, it prospered under the Cycles of National Blessing (Lev 26:3-13; Deut
28:1-14; Jer 30:17; Ezek 34:23-31),
but when it disobeyed God, it fell under the Cycles of National Cursing.
The new growth of plants in the Spring is a Spiritual
uptrend. When Israel entered the Promised Land, God
blessed their crops, and they gave offerings to God from the new
growth (Lev 2:14; 23:14; Prov 27:25).
Spring is a time of new growth (SOS 6:11; 7:12).
Sprouts and buds of plants in the Spring are blessing from God
of a Spiritual uptrend (Gen 40:10-11;
Job 14:7-9; SOS 6:11; 7:12; Isa 61:11).
As a demonstration of the blessing of God in a Spiritual
uptrend, Aaron's rod sprouted, budded, blossomed, and brought
forth almonds (Num 17:8 (Heb 9:4)).
The blooming of plants illustrates a Spiritual uptrend (SOS 6:11; 7:12; Isa 18:5 (cursing); Isa
27:6). Plants rise up from the roots in
a Spiritual uptrend, and they can be cut down in cursing (Ezek 17:9-10 (cursing)).
3. Raised Up
At Salvation believers are raised up from
spiritual death to walk in the New Spiritual life (Rom
6:4). This is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is
illustrated by water baptism. Being raised up to walk in
the New Spiritual life is a Spiritual uptrend for the
The land of Israel was restored after it was destroyed.
The restoration of the land is a Spiritual uptrend (Isa 49:8; 58:12; 61:4; Ezek 36:33; Hos 6:1; Amos
Restoration includes restoring respect for those who have been
rejected as with Nebuchadnezzar after his mental illness (Dan
4:36). Along with respect, prosperity and Happiness are
added in a Spiritual uptrend (Isa 61:6, 7).
A Spiritual uptrend includes deliverance from evil, Satan, and demons (Gen 14:20;
Ex 6:6; Num 21:3; Josh 10:12; Ps 82:4; 120:2; Isa 31:5).
A Spiritual uptrend also includes deliverance from enemies (Gen 14:20;
Ex 6:6; Num 21:3; Josh 10:12; Ps 82:4; 120:2; Isa 31:5).
Taking the High Ground
Taking the high ground is a military analogy for advancing in
Spiritual Warfare against Satan. Victory belongs to God in
a Spiritual uptrend (Deut 1:21, 22;
Josh 6:5; Judg 1:1, 2; Phil 3:14; Heb 6:1).
A Spiritual uptrend included God's destruction of Egypt, the
enemy of Israel and symbol of the world (Jer 46:9-10,
6. Going up
to a High Place or Temple
High Places were altars for offering sacrifices to God which
were often located in the mountains. Going up to a High Place to offer sacrifices to
God illustrated a Spiritual uptrend (1 Sam 9:14, 19).
Similarly, the Temple in Jerusalem was located on a
mountain. Therefore, going up to the Temple in
Jerusalem illustrated a Spiritual uptrend (2 Ki 20:5,
8; Isa 2:2, 3).
The Lord took out one of Adam's ribs when He built
the Right Woman (Gen 2:21-23).
The rib returned in the form
of Adam's Right Woman, who was made from his DNA (Gen
2:22). Therefore, Adam was left
with 23 ribs during the Spiritual uptrend when the Lord
built his Right Woman and gave her to him in Marriage.
Twenty-three chromosomes of sperm and ovum cells combine to form
a new body with biological life. The number for pregnancy
Light shining in darkness illustrates a Spiritual uptrend (Jn
1:5; Phil 2:15; 2 Pet 1:19). Jesus Christ is the Light of
the world (Jn 8:12; 9:5; 12:46). Light placed on a
lampstand gives light to all in the room (Matt 5:15; Mk 4:21; Lk
8:16). Olive oil lamps were placed on the Golden Lampstand
in the Tabernacle.
The Golden Lampstand symbolized Christ,
Dawn and Sunrise are the coming of the light, illustrating a
Spiritual uptrend (Mal 4:2; Eph 5:14).
Bread or Cake
To make bread or cake flour, milk,
leavening, and other ingredients are mixed to make dough (Num
15:20; 1 Cor 5:6; Gal 5:9). Even the first of the dough in
Israel was given as an offering to God. The dough rises
and is baked to form a cake. The cake symbolizes a new
body. The cake may be eaten with butter, syrup, fruit,
topping, or honey, symbolizing the female response.
The new body that rises up as bread symbolizes a Spiritual
uptrend. Jesus Christ is the bread of life as illustrated
by the Table of Shewbread in the Tabernacle.
He gives us our daily bread in Logistical Grace (reference Eating).
Cooking is very much a spiritual operation with angels and
demons hovering around and measuring every ounce of
ingredient. The angels and demons have been in the family
for hundreds of years under the Four Generation
Curse. If God orders blessing, the Elect Angels turn
out Divine Good, but if He curses dead works result. The
seasoning symbolizes the spiritual element of cooking.
Music is often used to celebrate and record great historical
events and Spiritual uptrends. The rhythm, rhyme, tempo,
and pitch of music add a new dimension to prose. The new
dimension requires the use of the right lobe, which aids in
remembering. Music is produced by angels. Many songs
are recorded in the Bible. The Book of Psalms contains the
songs used by Israel in worship. When Israel was about to
enter the Promised Land, the Lord communicated a song to Moses
to write down and teach to the children of Israel (Deut 31:19,
22; 32:1-47). When Israel crossed the Red Sea and the
Egyptians were drowned, Israel celebrated with singing and
dancing (Ex 15:1-21). Miriam led the women in dancing,
which was probably belly dancing, since that was the dance of
the day (Ex 15:20-21).
When the Lord delivered David from all his enemies, David wrote
a song to commemorate (2 Sam 22:1-51). He recorded many
other Spiritual uptrends in the Psalms.
The prayer of Jonah was a song of thanksgiving for deliverance
from the maw of the fish (Jonah 2:1-9).
Mary wrote a hymn, the Magnificat, to commemorate her
pregnancy with the Christ child (Lk 1:46-55).
Spiritual uptrends also occur in sports. Athletic contests
are part of the Plan of God. They are filled with blessing
and cursing from the decree of God. Angels and demons
manage the participants to fulfill the Will of God. The
production of the angels and demons in victory and defeat is
provided as evidence in Satan's Appeal Trial. Athletic
contests were popular with the Romans and Greeks at the time of
writing the epistles to the Church, and there are references to
them in scripture (ref. Athletic
Athletic analogies of the Christian life included running (Rom
9:16; 1 Cor 9:24; Gal 2:2, 5:7; Phil 2:16; Heb 12:1), fighting
(1 Cor 15:32; 2 Tim 4:7), boxing (1 Cor 9:26), exercise (1 Cor
9:27; 1 Tim 4:8), and winning the crown (1 Cor 9:25; 2 Tim 2:5).
Spiritual uptrends in sports are evident when teams get their
acts together and snatch victory from the jaws of
defeat. God decreed the victory, and the angels and demons
made it happen. Sports heroes are great because they tap
into the power of angels or demons, who perform superhuman
feats. When a ball strikes its target or goes in the
strike zone, that is because an angel or demon guided it.
When an athlete fumbles or trips, that was due to an angel or
The Ascendant in Astrology
signifies a Spiritual uptrend, and the Descendant symbolizes a
Events in the Heavens in 2023 include:
1. Red Planet – will leave Taurus (Moscow) and enter:
a. Gemini – bloody witnesses (Rev
b. Cancer – suffering from security
breach; captives (2 Ki 24:14)
c. Leo (Ukraine, US) – bloody
d. Virgo – Israel in Tribulation like a
woman in labor (Rev 12:1)
e. Libra – bloody Judgment (Rev 14:20)
f. Scorpius – Murder, violence,
bloodshed; suffering from Satan
2. God of the Covenants – will enter Aquarius – Noahic
Covenant, floods, immigrants; Covenant of Peace
3. The Redeemer Planet will enter Pisces – Giving, income
4. Bowl judgments will end.
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will reach perihelion on January 12,
2023 and make its closest approach to Earth on Feb. 2, 2023,
Day 33. It last passed Earth 50,000 years ago.
It is currently in Corona Borealis, the crown of thorns, for
cursing in 2022. The comet symbolizes a reversionist
who lives in darkness like Satan. The comet last
entered the Solar System when prehistoric man lived on
Earth, and Neanderthals lived in Europe as a witness of
Satan in his Appeal Trial. The comet is the sign of a
stumbling block to a Spiritual uptrend.
The meaning of the year 2023 is cursing turned to
blessing, per the meaning of the number 23. "Weeping may endure for the night,
but a shout of Happiness comes in the morning!" (Psalm 30:5b).
God will not curse forever, but He will give relief and blessing
In scripture the number 23 as an ordinal number stands for cursing
turned to blessing and as a cardinal number to a Spiritual
uptrend. A Spiritual uptrend occurs due to the Blessing of
God. The Blessing of God then becomes evident in
Creation. Angels translate Divine Blessing into human
history and the environment. What God decrees, the angels
and demons implement.
The year 2022 was a year of great cursing due to the COVID-19
pestilence that swept the whole world. Although there is no
indication that the pestilence will suddenly end, an improvement
would be a relief and an uptrend. An uptrend does not imply
the fullness of blessing but a trend of improvement. When
God supplies Blessing, things work together for good, and when He
curses, things fall apart. Those who have endured isolation
and suffering due to COVID have psychological scars that need to
be healed. God's cursing turned to blessing will solve their
The Church Age is not an age of prophecy but of historical
trends. Individual believers can have historical impact
through the Grace of God. When they are faithful in living
the new Spiritual life, God promotes them, and the Church and the
nation receive blessing by association with them just as God
promised Abraham in the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 12:3).
Cursing is turned to blessing at Salvation. After
Salvation cursing is turned to blessing in Rebound.
Rebound provides Sanctification and forgiveness from sins and
the Filling of the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to live
the new Spiritual life apart from the Filling of the
Holy Spirit. After Rebound Divine Punishment is turned
to suffering for blessing so that it counts for blessings in
this life and rewards in Eternity.
Evidences of Spiritual uptrends occur in many areas of
life. The new growth of Spring when plants sprout, bud,
and blossom is evidence of a Spiritual uptrend, while drought
and economic recession are evidence of a downtrend. God
makes nations and people rise and fall. Satan can
provide pseudo prosperity, but it is evil and comes with
strings attached. The Cycles of National Blessing are
evidence of a Spiritual uptrend. When God blesses the
believer, the nation and those associated with the believer
also receive blessing by association. The believer is a
Spiritual blessing to others and a witness for Christ in
the Angelic Conflict and Appeal Trial of Satan.
Cursing is readily obvious, but a Spiritual uptrend requires
Divine viewpoint to see or perceive. The world will
enjoy the prosperity from a Spiritual uptrend but never
recognize the source. God is the ultimate source of all
aspects of Creation and life. Believers, who have
fellowship with God, have some clue of what He is doing,
whereas, unbelievers are in the dark and clueless. They
are like a comet wandering around in outer space. Those
idiots who want to wander around in the deep darkness of space
are giving up the riches of Glory for emptiness and
A Spiritual uptrend means that God and His angels are actively
providing blessing. The blessing may be in the
environment, in the nation, in the weather, in Creation, in
history, or in life. Angels work to add blessing in
life. They make the weather pleasant and add spice and
adventure in life. They are the spice of romance, the
inspiration of music, the skill of artists, the appearance of
beauty, the voice of the singer, and the harmony of the
orchestra, the whistle of the bird, and the strength of the
warrior. They make all our relationships and guard us
from evil. They give us skill, strength, power, and
endurance. They enlighten us and teach us. Yet
they never work independently of God. They are His
servants to do His Will and to help us live the new Spiritual
life that He has given us.
1. Larry Wood, "National
Blessing Colors," Colors in Scripture, Nov. 1, 2014.
2. Larry Wood, "National
Cursing Colors," Colors
in Scripture, Nov. 1, 2014.
3. Larry Wood, "Eating," Nov. 30,
4. C/2022 E3 (ZTF), Wikipedia, Dec. 331,
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