Every Gregorian year brings new declarations about the twelve months ahead. 2024 is no different. This year’s theme is: 2024: The year of the open door. Some say, “open doors.” This rhyme is intriguing —four/door. However, I think this declaration is quite dangerous, given the times that we are in. Here are at least three reasons why I disagree with this slogan. I will afterwards give reasons why 2024 should be the year of closed doors.
- 2024: The Year of Open Doors moves people to focus on self. What can be gotten out of YAH; and not how to walk uprightly before Him. I even heard one well-known preacher say that we should think of what we want, tell God to go get it, and He will do it.
- 2024: The Year of Open Doors moves people away from what I believe is the true message for this year and beyond—Repentance. This timeless message is what the Messiah, himself, began his public ministry with.
The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time YAHUSHA began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.Matthew 4:16-17
If Messiah chose repentance to begin His earthly ministry, then we can never go wrong with the message of repentance taking preeminence in every new year—civil and biblical.
- 2024: The Year of Open Doors lulls people into spiritual complacency and not spiritual alertness. Many prophetic voices are warning of the imminent supernatural judgment by YAH (I agree with them). The earth, itself is moaning and groaning for the justice and judgment of YAH for all the evil that is being done upon its face (I’m not a gaia, “mother” earth worshipper). See these Scriptures that show that the earth is just as involve as Abba’s other creations).
And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;Genesis 4:11
Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.Exodus 15:12
But if YAHUAH make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.Numbers 16:30
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.Deuteronomy 32:1
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.Romans 8:22
And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.Revelation 12:16
This 2024 theme titillates flesh on what IT can do and have, instead of repenting in preparation for the salvation (deliverance and preservation) by YAH during His impending judgments.
2024: The Year of Open Doors should prompt the biblically awakened to ask thoughtful questions even as the Bereans in Acts.
And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.Act 17:10-11
As Bereans, ourselves, we esteem the written Word of YAH to test all prophetic words. We research in the Scriptures before agreement. Bible first and foremost. Therefore, within the context of Scripture, I have four questions concerning 2024: The Year of Open Doors. Perhaps you can think of others.
What door or doors is this declaration referring to? When the door is not clearly defined, then people hearing this declaration will define the door according to what is right in their own eyes.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but YAHUAH pondereth the hearts.Proverbs 21:2
I have read posts and I have listened to talks about 2024 being the year of open doors. I did not see a foundational text from which this declaration sprang. Most of them begin with the number 4 and it’s Hebrew meaning.
The original declaration concerned the year 5784 which began in the fall of 2023 for some sects, and not the Gregorian New Year of 2024. The Bible verses that were given were usually tacked onto the end of the post or teachings.
Do the doors open one way or both ways? I ask this question considering question one. If the doors are not clearly defined, then is this declaration saying that these are doors to walked in or walked out of by whoever, including the wicked one (more on this later in this writing)?
Who is opening these open doors? Every open door is not necessarily of the Father. I do, however, see this in Revelation 3:8:
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.Revelation 3:8
In this case, YAHUSHA opened the door to the Called-Out Ones in Philadelphia. Yet, I also see that His opened door is connected to obedience. Notice that He said, “I know thy works.” Later in verse ten, He says, “…Because thou has kept the word of my patience…” Again, this speaks of obedience to the Word of YAH.
Therefore, if open doors in 2024 is not accompanied by the repentant life that is in covenant with YAH, then who is opening these doors? Genesis 4:7 is the first mention of a door in Scripture. Sin lay at the door for Cain and sin gladly opened it for him to walk through.
If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.Genesis 4:7
Who’s walking through these open doors? After 2012’s vague slogan concerning “change,” I have become cautious of catchy phrases that do not clearly define what the phrase means. Look at this slogan carefully. Can you see why I would ask that question?
2024: The Year of the Open Door
Do you see anywhere in this statement a clear indication of who is walking through the open door? Yet those who adhere to this slogan are inevitably thinking in their minds that they have been given open doors by YAH into which to walk.
However, spoken words move upon frequencies will produce the original assignment birthed in the heart of the one speaking the words. This is regardless of how the hearers interpret or define the words they hear. Of course, our Elohim has the power to override any and everything.
The original intent of the heart within the person speaking the words ultimately prevails.
Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.Proverbs 23:6-7
Here is an example of the intent of the heart prevailing over the interpretation of the words.
Now therefore call unto me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting, he shall not live. But Jehu did it in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal.2 Kings 10:19
The intents of the heart are quite important to YAH.
For the word of Elohim is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Hebrews4:12
So, audiences worldwide have begun to shout, Yay! Yay! 2024: The Year of Open Doors. These affirming shouts carry the same weight of agreement as in parliamentary procedures: All in favor, say, “aye.”
Now, with parliamentary proceedings, the details of what is being agreed upon or even voted against is usually thoroughly discussed and debated. The participants know exactly what they are agreeing to (ideally).
But with this 2024 slogan, those who shouted, “Yay, Yay,” probably did not stop to consider what they were agreeing to, continue to agree to, and are leading others to agree to. Remember, the original intent is what stands.
We use this same principle when trying to get people to come out of Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and other seemingly innocuous doors—I mean holidays. It does not matter what these days mean to contemporary practitioners of these festivals. The original intent behind the words spoken to plan the very first of these unbiblical days have continued to reverberate throughout time. In other words, the root (original intent) from which they sprang continues to produce the originally intended fruit.