48. A Thousand-fold Increase?

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott

Kingdom and covenant

Our prophetic understanding must come in the context of God’s Kingdom and of covenant. Kingdom and covenant are two sides of the same coin. In order to get understanding of the purposes of God, we need understanding of both. Right from the very beginning it was God’s purpose to have a people who would demonstrate His Kingdom ‘on earth as it is in heaven’; and covenants were the agreements He initiated with men to enable that to take place.

In 2011, when I first spoke about this subject, quite a bit was said and written about it being ‘year 11’. In particular, some people felt God was highlighting Deuteronomy 1:11 which says, “May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand-fold more than you are and bless you, just as He has promised you”. Some began to see ‘111’ everywhere as they began to focus on what God was saying. They got hold of that scripture and encouraged us to believe God not for a hundredfold increase, but actually for a thousandfold.

Does it mean that?

Firstly, of course, it is possible for the Holy Spirit to take that scripture and speak it to us personally and say ‘This is for you’. But if we don’t hear it that way, how do we approach the questions which will come up: ‘Is that right? Does it say that? And if it does, is it intended for us?’

Notice that it speaks of ‘the God of your fathers’. That is covenant language. ‘The God of your fathers’ refers back to Abraham, and how God made a covenant with him through which all families on the earth were to be blessed. Deuteronomy 8:18 tells us that it is to confirm that covenant that God gives us the power to make wealth. In light of that, I would say that yes, we can claim Deuteronomy 1:11 as a promise that God will increase us a thousandfold.

But is that exactly 1000, or does it just mean ‘a lot’? Let’s consider the scripture which says that God ‘owns the cattle on a thousand hills’ (Psalm 50:10). Does He not own the cattle on the 1001st? I think we know the answer to that. So a thousand is not necessarily exact, it is a large number – and in this case it really stands for ‘everything’.

Limiting God

My point is that if we are going to understand prophecy correctly, we cannot simply take everything literally and so limit God. People raised the objection that when Deuteronomy 1:11 was written, there weren’t actually any chapter or verse numbers: they were added later. That doesn’t stop God using them to illustrate something to us.

This is part of approaching scripture and prophecy with a Hebrew (eastern) rather than a Greek (western) mindset. Literal, deeper, personal, and hidden meanings – all can be true, and all found within the understanding of one verse of scripture.

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11 thoughts on “48. A Thousand-fold Increase?”

  1. 1000 cattle…

    1000 is the number of men in a troop of soldiers. cattle symbolize men.

    1000 pieces of silver was the price that was paid to Abraham when Sara was given back to him.

    Gen 20:16
    And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand H505 pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.

    1000 was also the blessing of children given to rebecca.

    Gen 24:60
    And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands H505 of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.

    the root of 1000 in hebrew has to do with…guess what..COWS lol! (kine)

    Deu 7:13
    And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, H504 and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

    So the “abundance” we will receive as we go up to a “high and lofty place” (meaning of hill/symbolic of heaven) and learn to rule and reign (like a commander of troops) is sons and daughter.

    Ooooh there is so much MORE about 1000 and “sight” (the silver given to Abraham after Sarah was returned) but that would be another rambling post.. 1000 is the sight to see (gained from “lofty places” aka the hill) the true identity of those held captive so we might set them free….

    That is one way of looking at it?? Abundance in provision has to come along with that blessing of sons and daughters lol…but that is why we are blessed…to take care of/train/provide for the next generation?

  2. About the chapter and verse numbers Mike. We know Baalams Donkey ( God can use anything ) A few weeks ago as I was considering volunteering for the Laptop rota and God popped 3 numbers in my head ( 313) . Also ” Numbers ” , the OT book .So I had a look expecting to find something around those numbers but it wasnt till I trawled to Numbers 3:31 that I saw what I was looking for ( The Kohathites had responsibility for the SCREEN, amplified version) ha ha What a confirmation !

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