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The 4th Month (Tammuz)

The 4th Month (Tammuz)

Be blessed in the name of Yeshua Ha’Mashiah as we enter the 4th Biblical month of Tammuz!  This month is a month of being super free to worship the King of glory in Spirit and truth, a time more than ever to be intentional with our relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  It is a time to check our roots as this is the beginning of the Summer Months and we must be sure that we are planted and rooted by streams of living water.  It is a month of worshipping from the place of victory on the foundation of the death, resurrection, and ascension of Yeshua to the right hand of the Father.  This means we worship, pray, and prophecy not for the victory, but from the victory.   It is a month of spiritual eyes being opened, of encountering the King glory in a new way, and of standing on the promises of Elohim unflinching in the face of adversity.  This is what the month of Tammuz is all about, but it’s the opposite of what the fallen kingdom of darkness wants us to believe.  According to Scripture, this month and the beginning of next month is a time of Israel’s disobedience to Adonai, resulting in calamity and judgment.  So how is it possible that we should expect all of the above amazing things this month if the opposite is the case in Scripture?  The answer is simple, but can also be easy to miss amidst all of the current noise in the world at large.

Vicious Cycle of Tammuz

4 months have passed since the beginning of the Biblical New Year.  In that time, nearly the whole world has been gripped in lockdown, a sharp rise in unemployment and civil unrest in many places.  Now, as we begin this 4th Biblical month we can’t help but see the glaring parallels between what happened on the Biblical timeline also happening now.  The main difference now is that what was happening primarily to Israel in Scripture during this month is now a global event.  In Exodus, on the 4th month of the year, Israel created a golden calf to worship, instead of YHWH, fearing Moses had died upon Mount Sinai.  There was pandemonium and chaos as Israel worshipped the golden calf, with Exodus 32:25 clearly telling us, “Moses saw that the people were out of control—for Aaron had let them get out of control to the point of being an object of mockery among their enemies…”  Sound familiar to the scenes we are seeing around the world?  In the times of Israel’s exile in Babylon a similar thing was happening in Jerusalem when Adonai and the 4 living creatures appeared to Ezekiel in the 4th month and showed him the idolatry of the citizens and leaders of Zion, as well as those he was exiled with (Ezekiel 1-8).  There was complete contempt and rebellion against the Great I Am during that time.  During the same exile in Babylon, this idolatry led to the army of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon breaching the walls of Jerusalem on the 17th day of the 4th month (Jeremiah 39:2) before destroying the temple on the 9th of Av.  In 70 A.D. the Temple was again destroyed on the 9th of Av by Rome.  Starting to see a pattern?  These tragedies are now referred to as the 3 weeks of sorrow, a time when the Jewish people, from the 17th of Tammuz to the 9th of Av enter into a time of mourning, repentance, and reflection ended by a day of fasting on the last day.  Now the question is, for us as Believers in Yeshua, is such mourning, repentance, and reflection also expected of us? The answer is critical for the Body of Messiah in this season and the seasons to come.

Solar Eclipse and Ezekiel’s Trip

On the eve of Rosh Chodesh of this month, a solar eclipse happened on the same day as the Summer Solstice, the time when the sun is highest in the sky and when the daylight lasts the longest.  It was an extremely rare occurrence that speaks volumes of the times and seasons we are living in as we enter the month of Tammuz.  The name of this month, Tammuz, is never actually mentioned in the Bible as the name of a biblical month but is, in fact, a later replacement after the Babylonian exile.  However, Tammuz, a pagan god, is mentioned one time specifically in the book of Ezekiel when Adonai took Ezekiel by his hair and brought him in the spirit to Jerusalem (Ezekiel 8:3).  It was there that he witnessed a woman weeping before the statue of Tammuz to the anger and disappointment of Elohim, and was then taken to witness the leaders of Jerusalem facing east away from the temple, worshipping the sun (Ezekiel 8:3-13).  The solar eclipse is a reminder to all of us that worshipping creation is just plain stupid when instead the Creator is saying come up here!  Anyone who was planning on worshipping the sun during the summer solstice on the eve of this month in any of the dozens of countries where the eclipse was visible must have been wondering why the sun would let itself be overshadowed by the moon 400 times smaller than itself.  Truly though, many people who worship the sun also worship satan, known as lucifer before being thrown down to earth by Adonai.  His name used to mean “morning star”, hence the worship of the sun as well.  Once again, worshipping the creation rather than the Creator.  Instead of putting our faith in creation let us take a look at the greatest of all examples who make those who worship the sun, moon, and stars just forget it altogether and follow his lead.  Joshua said, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped until the nation [of Israel] took vengeance upon their enemies” (Joshua 10:13).  We are being called to be Joshua’s whose strength lies solely in the Great I Am, so much so, He will stop even the sun and the moon for our enemies to be defeated.  No situation is impossible with the great I Am, and that should be declared with a lion’s roar and a shofar blast now more than ever!  As many of us are seeing what seems like impossible situations and circumstances, our stance is not that of the world, instead, knowing difficult times simply means greater miracles and testimonies of how the King of glory made the impossible possible and how the supernatural has become the natural.  Enough is enough of status quo theory and theology not backed up by the manifest power of the Living King in our lives.  Adonai will stop the sun and moon for you, so are you asking, believing, and expecting at His level, or are you settling for your own level? The bar is being raised, but are we rising with the times?

The Forgotten Remnant

Despite the somewhat depressing nature of the 4th month, there is a silver lining that we simply cannot ignore that is the antithesis of what the fallen kingdom of darkness wants us as believers to do and be.  Everyone seems to remember the golden calf being worshipped, but forget those who refused to worship the idol when Moses said “Whoever is on Adonai’s side, come to Me!  And all the sons of Levi [the priestly tribe] gathered together to him” (Exodus 32:26-27). Don’t forget that even though he was in Jerusalem at the time of its being burned down, Instead of death, the prophet Jeremiah was spared from the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.  Also, as we have seen, prophet Ezekiel who was living in exile with his fellow Jews that Adonai Himself called stubborn and obstinate (Ezekiel 3:7) had the most unimaginable encounter with the four living creatures and the great I Am upon his throne in His glory, not just once but twice!  Lastly, the firstborn son of Jacob, Reuben the namesake of the tribe represented by the 4th month of the Biblical Calendar, is a misunderstood and often forgotten character that is a life full of compassion, mistakes, and redemption.  He was the brother who saved Joseph’s life by telling his brothers to put him in the pit instead of killing him, thinking he would come back later to release him.  He was the only brother grieved that Joseph had been taken into slavery.  He then makes the infamous decision to sleep with Jacob’s concubine, essentially causing him to lose his inheritance (Genesis 35:21-22).  But we then see him once again at the time of unknowingly re-uniting with Joseph in Egypt telling Jacob that on the lives of his two sons he will bring back Benjamin whom they had left as collateral in Egypt (Genesis 42:37).   Reuben, though not perfect, did not let his mistakes make him waver in his calling, and because of this, when Israel finally crossed the river Jordan into the promised land, Reuben was granted his inheritance in the promised land.  Reuben learned from the mistakes of the past, and just like Reuben, this month is crucial for all of us to put our bad habits and former mistakes behind us, instead, focusing on the promise that lies ahead of us.  What a pleasure it is to be ones who love Him, as He makes all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28).  Even if you are the 1/12th outcast minority like the Levites, are in the middle of a war zone, or in exile, or the one brother out of many who dares defy the rest, all things work together for the good of those who love Him.   Even though these people and instances lack attention from the world in the times of trouble associated with this month, they are speaking directly to you!  You are not a minority when the King of the Universe has your back, nor should conflict or displacement make us think that somehow Adonai no longer has our best interests at heart.  1 against a billion with Yeshua at the side of the 1 is not fair for the billion.  He is going to war for you as you adore Him, and it’s a guaranteed win.

Constellation of Tammuz

Just like we saw with worshipping the sun and moon, worshipping the stars is equally as stupid as they are part of Abba’s creation and not the Creator.  Scripture does tell us however that they were created “to separate the day from the night and serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years”(Genesis 1:14).   The Hebrew word for both cancer and most commonly crab, is Sartan.  The Bible tells us crab is unclean to eat in Leviticus 9:12, but even we ourselves are unclean without the Blood of the Lamb.  Our reality now is that we are forgiven and made clean, we are no longer defined by what was, but instead refined by what we have done and gone through.  We are kosher crabs now, and like the crab, we are called to live in the deep places of God, the Holy Spirit, the presence of the Eternal that is always certain and without doubt, always comforting and without worry, always hopeful and without fear.  Just like the crab with its natural armor, this month we must never forget the full armor of God that protects us from the lies of the principalities, powers, and the dark forces of this world, and putting our heavenly arsenal into proper use to destroy the enemy at every turn.  We will not lose faith at the last minute as the Hebrews did at Mount Sinai with the golden calf, reverting back to old ways.  We as Believers, the light of the World, are not, and refuse to be, quitters.  “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that Adonai has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).  This is your month of breakthrough, a time to shine in the darkness as a witness and messenger of the King of kings, not only for people to see but for people to receive for free which was given freely to us.  Miracles in family relationships, finances, living situations, complete healing of the body, mind, and soul.  Eye to eye with Yeshua’s eyes that are like blazing torches, away from the noise of the world and in the presence of perfect love.  What is He seeing for you that He wants you to see?  Eyes on His and ears for His promises alone.  Deaf to what is happening above the water, sunk deep to the bottom of the ocean of His love, His living waters is where your treasures lie.  Undisturbed by the winds and waves, but comforted by the warm embrace of YHWH Who has said to you, “You are Mine” is where he wants us to spend time.

Prince of the Air and Times of Deception

In order not to be deceived by the enemy, let’s not only think in terms of the spiritual.  Today, unlike any other time in history, the level of information and misinformation we have at our fingertips, and the number of voices and opinions we hear on a daily basis is literally 24/7.  As that is the case, an important question to ask ourselves is how much the opinions of mainstream media and social media affect and shape our prayer life and how we view the world and the situation we find ourselves in?  How much does it affect our walk with the Holy Spirit?  Unfortunately, this is the direction of the question when really we should be asking, How much is my walk with the Holy Spirit affecting how I perceive the world instead of the other way around.  Satan is referred to as the Prince of the air, and that should give us pause when we consider the medium that all information travels through to make it to our eyeballs.  If we are spending more time in the news and social media than with the Great I Am, it wouldn’t be difficult to surmise that whichever one we focus on more will naturally be what shapes our paradigm.  Just take a quick look at the owners of all of the major media outlets in your country and around the world, and ask yourself if you trust them to give you the whole truth and nothing but the truth devoid of bias and without an angle.  Sounds ridiculous right?  The One who is the Way the Truth and the Life is the only One Who will never deceive us or lead us astray, whilst the enemy is trying to do the exact opposite.  This month we are being called to see through one lens only, the lens of heaven.  It is better than glasses and laser eye surgery and allows us to see the year 2020 according to the heavenly 20/20 instead of the world’s.  We are being called to the ear doctor of heaven to get the earwax cleaned out in order to hear the voice of Adonai more clearly instead of the phone, computer, or TV.   One thing you can be certain of is that the nations who support Israel, and especially Israel itself will always be the most attacked and vilified by the Prince of the air, and those who stand upon the convictions of the Truth of the Word of God will be the ones called intolerant and irrelevant.  Don’t believe us, just look and see.  It is good to be informed, but the lens and ears through which we see it and hear it are the most important.

Conclusion

With all of the despair and destruction that happens in the Biblical timeline and is happening right now around the world, we’re being told, even by many believers that this can’t possibly be the month of worship like David worshipped, of spiritual eyes being opened, and new encounters with the King of glory.  What does the Holy Spirit and the Word say? As citizens of heaven and co-heirs with Yeshua at the right hand of the Father, the real question is how can it not be so? As warriors of Christ risen where are our feet planted?  On what foundation do we fight?   Our very nature and reality as being re-born of the baptism of water and the Holy Spirit gives us a clear heavenly paradigm and inheritance.  It would be different if Yeshua was dead, but He is not! Yeshua is alive!!!  While we must be aware of what has come to pass, and clear about what led Israel into those previous times of judgment, this should focus our eyes in this time toward the living temple, not the destroyed one.  As temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) we should take these lessons to heart, to remember not to serve the gods of our previous captivity.  Question: Are we worshipping things that are defiling our relationship with the Holy Spirit Who lives in us and with Yeshua Who said He will never leave us or forsake us? Yes, clean the temple, not in order to mourn, but to worship in spirit and truth!  As living temples, we don’t need a specified place to worship the Father in spirit and truth, just as Yeshua told the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well (John 4:21-26).  It’s temple cleaning time, a time to get in the zone, our home before the throne!

The vicious cycle of Tammuz is no longer ours to inherit, and the worship of false idols and the created things in the heavenly places is no longer our lot.  We are the remnant often overlooked and looked down upon by the world, but thankfully our faith is not in the world, but in YHWH Nissi, the Lord our Banner who fights our battles no matter how numerous and impossible.  Is it better to be known by the world or known by Adonai?  We are the once unclean made clean, former servants of the prince of this world, now servants, friends, sons and daughters of the King of kings.  He is a permanent resident of our house, the living temple of the Holy Spirit, and we are also citizens of heaven where Yeshua lives.  As crabs transformed by the blood of Yeshua our treasure no longer lies in the world, but in the heavenly places, in the place, Yeshua has gone to prepare for us.  The Prince of the air continues to lie, deceive, steal, kill, and destroy, and that should not come as a surprise.  Through our old glasses and contact lenses, and our old hearing aid given to us by the world these things were hard to see and discern, but with our news eyes and new ears from Adonai what was once hidden is now made clear.  Therefore why should we fear when the Creator of heaven and earth is where our eyes focus and our ears hear.  His eyes like fire and His voice like many waters erase the tears and wash away the fears.  Let His love embrace you this month with your worship joining the angels with their harps and lyres.  A new sound arises in the earth above the tumult and the fear, a remnant like lions with no fear releasing a great shout and roar and cheer!  The enemy trembles, lashes out, and jeers because they sense the end is near.  Stand fast, stand strong, be bold and courageous, and always ask the question whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27).

AV 5779

AV 5779

We have entered into perhaps one of the most polarizing and crucial months of the year, the month of Av. Av lasts from August 2nd to August 31st. Av literally translates to mean “Father”. In this month of the Father are you ready to feel His weighty and glorious presence? Are you aligned with His heart for your life? Are you expectant that you will hear His voice of many waters (Ezekiel 43:2) or a gentle whisper on the wind (1 Kings 19:12)? As this month begins, it is during a period of mourning for the Jewish people, ending on the 9th of Av, the date when both the first and second temples were destroyed. Av is therefore seen as the most calamitous month of the year by most practicing Jews. As Believers, although we are aware of these divinely timed disasters, we must look to why Adonai let this happen in the first place. As temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) we must look inwardly to recognize whether or not we ourselves are repeating the mistakes of the past which led to the destruction of the temples, and be certain we are running according to the heart and times of Elohim. In this Biblical year of 5779, a year of giving birth, the month of Av is just two months away from the New Year (Rosh Hashanah), the beginning of the year 5780. There is an acceleration of the fulfillment of the promises of God during this month and the month to come, and we must be sure to take it one day at a time, listening intently to the voice of the Holy Spirit so that He can arrange our schedule, and bring His plans to fulfillment.

As we begin the month of Av, you might be experiencing a lot of pushback from the fulfillment of these promises, but not to worry, repentance, forgiveness and blessing are the keys. This might sound counterintuitive, but not according to the Bible. Nineveh the ancient capital of the Assyrian empire, famous for the worship of Ishtar, not even part of Israel, repented at the first warning of the destruction of the city from the prophet Jonah, every person in sack cloth and ashes (Jonah 3:6-10). The city was spared from destruction as the people turned from their wicked ways. Jerusalem however, the place God has chosen for His habitation (Psalm 132:13), the capital of Israel and the place of His chosen people, though given many warnings through many prophets, never repented, and was destroyed on account of its idolatry and pride (2 Chronicles 26:15-19). The only thing we have to do is drop our pride, the root of all evil. Easy enough right? Maybe not easy, but certainly worth skipping the self induced hard learned lessons. Our pride says “an eye for an eye, but the Great I Am says,  love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:43-44). Remember who the real enemy is (Ephesian 6:12), and who really fights your battles (Exodus 14:14). Don’t give the enemy an open door of un-forgiveness or let him prod and poke at the self destruct button in your life. Are you ready for a Holy Spirit roller coaster ride of trust and faith in the Most High? If you have yet to jump on, now is the time. Take that leap of faith that your heart keeps begging you to take, and let Yeshua show you that He is who He says He is. Welcome aboard the King Jesus Express that takes you farther, faster, deeper and wider than your mind can comprehend for the low low price of, free.

TRIBE

Simeon was the second son of Jacob from Leah. “She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the Lord HEARD that I am not loved, He gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon” (Genesis 29:33). The root of the name Simeon in Hebrew means “to hear” and the full meaning of the name, meaning a man of hearing or man who hears. What voice are you hearing? What still small voice or loud booming voice are you hearing? Is it the voice of fear, anger, confusion, anxiety, worry, hate, etc.? If it is, this is not the voice of the Father, but rather the accuser of the brethren who comes to kill, steal and destroy, convincing you that these things are a normal part of your life that you should make all of your decisions based off of. Think hard for a moment or two. Have you done this today or the day before? Let us learn from Simeon who made one awful decision based on some of these characteristics that made not only himself suffer, but his descendants as well. Simeon was the smallest of all the tribes of Israel (Numbers 26:14), was omitted from the blessing of Moses (Deuteronomy 33:8), and the tribe of Simeon only had land inside of the territories of the other tribes (Joshua 19:1-9). The portion of Simeon’s descendants no longer has to be ours as through the blood of Yeshua the iniquity of our forefathers can be washed clean, and Praise God for the blood of the Lamb that purifies us from all sin (John 1:7).

Hearing the voice of the Father does not necessarily mean that you hear His audible voice, or that Yeshua is standing before your very eyes, though that is not out of reach. He speaks in many ways that He knows we will each individually understand, but one thing we can be sure is from the Father are the 9 fruits of the Spirit which are “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). If this is what you feel when you make a decision, even if the world thinks you are crazy, go for it. Even though there is wisdom in the multitude of advice, remember to always ask the Father first, and spend time with Him to receive the revelation from Him before seeking out the advice of others. Go first to the source of all things, Yeshua! Then seek wise council.

We pray that deaf ears will be opened to hear the voice of the Almighty, and that such precious and piercing words would supercharge the calling and purpose within you! May the thundering of the voice of the Lord like the roar of a lion wake you from your slumber and refresh your zeal for more of Him, for the pace of the race quickens, and He is gathering His remnant for battle. Don’t be late to formation warriors of the Lord mighty in battles, our marching orders have arrived, and we move out soon.

CONSTELLATION

Arieh, Hebrew for lion, is the constellation during the month of Av. Lions are majestic and powerful and full of God given authority, rightfully known as the King of the jungle. Are you operating in your God given authority? How is your roar? Is it a wimpier or a battle cry? Throughout the word of God, lions are used by God as both harbingers of justice and bringers of salvation. As this is the month of hearing the voice of the Father, it is important to recognize the sound of His voice so that we will not miss it. The iconic roar of the Lion gives us a clue as to the power of the voice of the Father. In the natural, the roar of both the male and female lion can be heard up to 5 miles away, and they control territory of up to 100 square miles. To hear the voice of the Father means to know the fear (reverential awe) of the King of glory, and when the animals hear the lion’s roar, they also know to submit to their authority. During this month known for its tragic past, it is time that we not only remember what took place, but learn from the mistakes of those who have come before us. Division, pride and idolatry led to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple twice. Today however, we will not let the sins of the past be our legacy. It is time for us as the Body of Christ to band together like a pride of lions. One lion alone is powerful, but ten, twenty or thirty together is why they are able to take dominion over the land against the enemy. The traditional adversary of lions is the Hyena, who also live and hunt in packs, and when a pride of lions is weak and divided, they always strike the hardest, killing the young and leaving their bodies for the other lions to see. Are the Hyenas encroaching on your life, your family, friends, church, business, city or nation? Are you standing as a lone Lion or banded together with other Believers? Will we let the enemy kill a generation, or are we ready, able and available to be used mightily by the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5), Yeshua, and to follow Him to victory? Let us seize the opportunity and the promise of Jesus in us, and strike up a mighty roar with one voice and see the once imposing enemy silenced and fleeing.

King David speaking of Saul and Jonathan, said that they were as swift as eagles and as strong as lions, and that even in death they were not parted (2 Samuel 1:23). When once there was defeat and tragedy, now is the time for victory and rejoicing with Yeshua our King leading the way into the fray. Bless the Name of the Lord and watch the Way Maker flatten the mountains before you, part the waters in the way and stop the sun in its path. He is speaking to the storm, roaring like a lion, and calming the wind and the waves in your life, family and nation. Let us give a shout of victory together as one body giving glory honor and praise to the Lord mighty in Battles, for He is the one who fights for us.

LETTER

The letter Tet is the ninth letter in the Hebrew Alphabet representing this month. It is a letter with a dual meaning of both life and destruction. It is the least used letter in the Bible, and is first used in Genesis 1:4 that says, “And God saw the light that it was “GOOD”: And God divided the light from the darkness.” The word “GOOD”is the first word we see it used in. The image of the letter Tet pictures both a man in rebellion to the will of God or a man that is surrendered to Him. This month we have the great gift from God to choose whether or not we will live in the darkness or the light, in surrender or rebellion. When the Father spoke you into life, it was GOOD, but now it is up to us to choose if we will follow His design for our life or choose otherwise. This month, tune your ears to be like the donkey, that hears only the voice of its master, not moving an inch at the voice of another. Keep your eyes focused on the promises of Elohim over your life, not looking here and there for another way. Lastly, use your voice, but remember and be wise knowing “the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21). Speak life this month, not negativity, lift up, don’t put down, and see Yeshua the light penetrate the darkness.

NUMBER

Every Hebrew letter has a numerical value. In the case of Tet, the number is 9, as it is the 9th number in the Hebrew alphabet. According to the Bible, the number 9 is very significant. It is signifies the end of one cycle and the beginning of the next. There are many examples of this throughout the Word of God. When Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross, He dies at the ninth hour (Mark 15:34). Also, Yeshua appears a total of nine times to his apostles and disciplines after his resurrection. There are 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-7) and 9 fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). There were 9 generations from Adam to Noah (ninth from Adam) and Noah to Abraham (ninth from Noah), and Abram was 99 years old when he received the covenant from God, and his new name Abraham. These examples from the Bible give us a clear picture of an end and beginning, one cycle to the next. If you are facing something that seems impossible this season, if defeat and death seem inevitable, remember the woman of Revelation 12, remember Moses and remember Yeshua. The child the woman was soon to give birth to was sure to be devoured by the dragon, but Adonai had plans for life not death, and gave the woman the wings of an eagle to escape the dragon, and hid her in the wilderness all the while giving her sustenance. Moses was doomed to be killed by the Egyptians, but his mother hid him for three months, put in a basket in the reeds of the nile and rescued by Pharaoh’s daughter, later becoming the savior of Israel out of Egypt (Exodus 2:1-10). Impossible? Not for the God of Israel. Yeshua was meant to be killed along with all other firstborns his age, but the angel of the Lord visited Joseph in a dream to warn him to flee to Egypt immediately (Matthew 2:13-15), a fulfillment of prophecy. Impossible? Adonai had spoken, He speaketh, and what He speaks He fulfills. You will live and not die! We simply obey and He makes the way. Declare His promises over yourself and those He puts in your heart to do so for. Speak to the situation in the name of Yeshua and declare the victory of the Most High. It is a new beginning not the end.

SUMMARY

We do not run according to the times of the fallen kingdom of darkness, and what the enemy intends for evil, God uses for good (Genesis 50:20). This month of Av, though we remember the calamity of the past, we live in the joy and victory of Christ in us. This month of the Father, it is time to open our ears (Simeon) to what He is saying now so that we can be like the sons of Issachar who knew the times and seasons and what was good for Israel (1 Chronicles 12:32). We refuse to make the mistakes of the past, but rather stand upon the shoulders of those who have come before us and paved the way that we could continue paving the way for the return of the King of glory. Our difficulties are simply an opportunity for the great I Am to be glorified through making the impossible look easy. The Lion of the tribe of Judah is roaring in your life, and the darkness is forced to flee as His light enters and transforms what looked like defeat into wondrous beauty. Let’s join together as Lions of the Kingdom of heaven and roar together, building one another up, encouraging and supporting each other in Yeshua. This is the month of new beginnings, and it is a fresh start when we prophecy over ourselves, to one another, and to the nations, declaring “VICTORY”! We speak life and not death. We come in faith like Abraham at 99, and remember how You made even your own death a Hallelujah of victory forever, defeating sin and death. We cry out in Your Name Yeshua! Thank you for all that you have done, are doing, and are about to do. Amen.

IYAR ZIV

IYAR ZIV

We are in the midst of an important prophetic month of the Biblical Calendar. Iyar, or Ziv as it is referred to in the Bible (1 Kings 6:37) refers to the blossoming of the olive tree that takes place during this month in Israel, and means light or glow. This is the month of the revelation of God’s mysteries and secrets, as well as restoration and healing. It is a month to spend time in worship and contemplation of the Word of God with the Holy Spirit, and to understand the current times and seasons according to the heart of the Father. As we align with the will of the Father in His understanding, it brings not just revelation, but also restoration and healing to every situation and circumstance from the most minuscule and personal, to the most Macro and overarching. Four historic events align with this very understanding of the month of Iyar/ Ziv. It was on this month that Solomon laid the foundation of the First Temple (1 Kings 6:37), as well as the celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence) on Iyar 5, the one year anniversary of the move of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem as recognition of Jerusalem as the indivisible capital of Israel, and Yom Yerushalayim the Reunification of Jerusalem and the Old City into Israel on Iyar 28. All of these events and celebrations speak of the fulfillment of Abba’s promises and the consequential healing and restoration of Israel. To add to the significance of this particular Iyar/ Ziv, it is officially the 71st year of Israel’s Independence, marking the beginning of a new generation in Zion. As Jerusalem is the prophetic clock of God, we must not underestimate the significance of this crucial month, as it marks the beginning of the revelation of a new generation in these end times, and the culmination of Biblical prophecy the likes of which the world has never seen. Are you seeing through the eyes of the Most High God in this season, or are you relying on the distorted lense of the world with its pre-conceived notions of what things should look like? Are we using our own minds to formulate the Word of God, or are we aligning our hearts and minds to the plans of the great I Am?

COUNTING OF THE OMER

It is also crucial that we remember the counting of the Omer that takes place during every day of this month, unlike any other month during the year. The counting of the Omer started on the second day of Pesaj (Passover) and ends the day before Shavuot (Pentecost), completing 7 weeks or 49 days. The first day marks the beginning of the Barley Harvest, when a sheaf or bundle of barley was brought before the temple as a waive offering before the Lord. This continues for 49 days connecting Pesaj (Passover) the celebration of the Israelites exodus from Egypt and connecting it to Shavuot (Pentecost) the celebration of God giving the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai. As Believers, we must also understand that it was during Pesaj that Yeshua was betrayed and crucified, then rose on the third day. It was during the following days of the counting of the Omer that Yeshua appeared for 40 days before ascending to heaven. It was ten days later, on Shavuot that the Holy Spirit was poured out on those in the upper room (Acts 2:1-4). It was during these 40 days that many mysteries of the Kingdom were revealed to the disciples and told to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit that was promised by the Father (Acts 1). It is time for us to spend time at the feet of Yeshua, to have our heads on His chest like John, to be in the throne room of the King, receiving instructions and new revelation for this season from on High, preparing for the day of Shavuot (Pentecost). Abba, help us to hear your voice clearly, to see you even as the disciples saw you and touched you when you appeared to them during those forty days. Bring us together in oneness as the men and women of the upper room in one accord, pressing in with expectation for that which has been promised by You.

ISSACHAR

There was something very special about the tribe of Issachar that none of the other tribes could emulate. It was a gift that all of us should have the desire to operate in. 1 Chronicles 12:32 tells us that the tribe of Issachar were men who had an understanding of the times, and what Israel should do. Wouldn’t it be great to understand the times we are living in according to the books of heaven, and to know what God wants us to do? The good news is that this same level of discernment of the times is available to every Believer. What made Issachar so adept at understanding the times and the seasons unlike any of the other tribes? The answer lies in part in Deuteronomy 33:18-19 that says, “Rejoice, Zebulun, as you go forth, and you, Issachar, in your tents. They will summon peoples to the mountain, and there offer righteous sacrifices; for they will draw from the abundance of the seas, and from the hidden treasures of the sand.” Issachar spent times in their tents contemplating and meditating on the Word of God, and on the mountain tops worshipping Adonai. It was their full time calling to be in constant communication with God, receiving new revelation and understanding regarding the times and seasons. Notice the sacrifices given on the mountain tops were not superficial or religious in nature, but righteous, meaning that their worship was done in Spirit and in Truth with Pure hearts that was received in the throne room of Heaven as sweet incense.

We see key examples in the Word of God between those that made it their business to know and execute the will of Elohim. We see that Jacob unlike Esau was content to stay amongst the tents while his brother Esau was a hunter and stayed out in the country (Genesis:14-15). Looking at the context, this is very important as it would have been Jacob who was spending the most time hearing from His father Isaac and grandfather Abraham in the tents hearing about the great covenant of God and having an intimate understanding of the inheritance that would need to be stewarded. We see late that it was Jacob who stole the inheritance of his brother, and later became Israel.

When Moses sent spies across the Jordan to scope out the land, only Joshua and Caleb gave the good report. Why? “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent” (Exodus 33:11). Joshua was hungry for the presence of the King of glory. He was always with Moses, even when he was speaking with the Lord face to face, giving him an intimate understanding of the heart of Yeshua that the other Israelites would not have had. He had no doubt that if the Lord said He would do it, He would do it no matter the odds in the eyes of the world. He was seeing from the perspective of the throne, not the world.

Are you ready to be like the sons of Issachar? Are you seeing through the lease of the world with fear, worry, doubt and anxiety, or are you seeing from the eyes of the King kings, believing wholeheartedly that Ata Ta’ase (He will do it)? It is up to us if we will choose to live a Hebrews 10:19-25 life, and enter into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Yeshua, or if we will remain outside the walls denying the invitation and sacrifice of Christ to be with Him. We have been invited, bought and paid for, and have been requested to come before the King. Will you answer the call?

CONSTELATION

The Ox/Donkey is represented in the stars this month. Both are considered beast of burden, that carry heavy weight and that man is incapable of carrying. The Ox plows the ground is used to thresh the grain from the wheat, while the donkey carries heavy weight, for long distances for its master. In the world’s eye, these beast of burden have little appeal, but in the Word of God they are held in high esteem. In Revelation 4:7 we see that the one of the four living creatures was like an Ox, and Proverbs 14:4 reminds us that much revenue comes from the strength of the Ox. The Apostle Paul even likens himself to an Ox in 1 Corinthians 9, and it is the Ox that we see in the Old Testament which was seen as a fitting sacrifice unto the Lord. Are you like the Ox that is before the throne of God day and night? Are you plowing the ground as a messenger of the Gospel of Peace and with much revenue stored up in the heavenly places?

Are you ready to be a Donkey of the Kingdom? If you have ever been called a donkey in your life you may not have responded politely, but in Scripture, the Donkey is far more than a simple beast of burden. Often seen a stubborn, stupid, and prideful, nothing could be further from the truth. The donkey seems stubborn and stupid to onlookers trying to get it to move, but the reality is that the Donkey only moves at the command of its master. What the world sees as pride, is actually humility and obedience to the call of its master. Are we as the Body of Christ responding to the commands and demands of the world or our heavenly Father? Are we humble before the feet of Yeshua or prostrate before the feet of public opinion. Who’s voice are we hearing and who’s voice do we obey? We see also that it was atop a colt and a Donkey that Jesus rode atop on his triumphal entrance into Jerusalem Matthew 21:1-9. It was a Donkey that carried Yeshua, the Glory of God, the Son of God, into Jerusalem. As sons of God we are meant to be carriers of the presence of the Lord of Lords. Are you being a Donkey Believer? In this season it is time to transition from be just sheep of the Kingdom to Oxen and Donkeys of the Kingdom spreading the Gospel of Peace in the manifest Power of the Holy Spirit for the Glory of God.

GATE

The Mount Zion Gate is the gate of Iyar/ Ziv. It is no coincidence that from the Mount of Olives, where Yeshua will return (Zechariah 14:4), splitting the mountain in two from east to west, was where He began His triumphal entry through the East Gate into Jerusalem (Mount Zion). This same gate is where the river of God will flow through from the throne room of King Yeshua at the top of Mount Zion, flowing to the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. These waters of life, healing and restoration are being poured out in this Biblical month. Just like the trees panted by the River of Life in Ezekiel, the waters form the Sanctuary will produce in us leaves of healing. These waters will go to the individual and nations alike as the waters of the pool of Bethesda, where the angel would stir the waters and the first to enter would be healed (John 5:1-4). However, these waters are not just for one person, but for all as they flow from Yeshua Himself, the Living waters (John 7:37-38). Come through the Mount Zion Gate (Yeshua) and receive the living waters that flow from Him.

APOSTLE

Matthew is the Apostle of Iyar/ Ziv. Matthew is the epitome of the new birth and restoration that comes through Yeshua Ha’Mashiah, and the revelation of His secrets and mysteries as Matthew chose to follow Him. A man who was hated almost unanimously by His people for being a tax collector for Rome, Matthew never listened to what the world had to say about Him, but decided to listen to Jesus instead. Matthew would undoubtedly have been scorned and hated by many even after becoming a disciple of Yeshua, but like a Donkey, Matthew heard only the voice of the Master, tuning out the scoffing and insults of the rest of the world for the Prince of Peace. From victim of the world to victor in Christ, Matthew wrote the first book in the New Testament, a testimony of the redemption, revelation and insight into the mysteries Kingdom he received from Yeshua while He was amongst them. Can we learn from the example of Mathew who went from being the most hated to one of the beloved of Jesus Christ? The choice is our own. As we come closer and closer to the King, he reveals to us His secrets, makes us brand new, and leads us in paths of righteousness for His name sake. Your destiny is not to be a tax collector, but rather a confidant and messenger of Elohim on the earth. What will you choose?

LETTER

Vav is the letter of Iyar/ Ziv. Vav refers to the pegs or hooks that was used to fasten the curtain surrounding the Tabernacle of God in the wilderness. It is a symbol of connecting the heavens to the earth, just as the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. Just like the sons of Issachar, Vav is a call to worship the Lord of Hosts, align with His heart, and understand the times and seasons as He sees them so that we can do what is right in His eyes. Six is the number of Vav as it is the sixth letter in the Hebrew alphabet, that represents man. It is the month to bring man into alignment with God, to do away with fleshy desires and a worldly paradigm. Romans 2:12 tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is. His good, pleasing and perfect will. How does one transform the mind that has been corrupted and deceived for so long by the whiles of the enemy? We must be in the Holy Presence of the Ancient of Days as we worship Him in Spirit and Truth (John 4:23-24), exposed to His perfect love. When we read the Word of God with the Holy Spirit we receive new and fresh personal revelation that brings transformation in our understanding and knowledge of the reality we line in and who we are in Christ. This word is a confirmation of the fact that we can and should be transformed and our minds renewed daily to know what God’s will is for your life, family and nation for this season. We are all going through this process. The question is, how intentional are we being in renewing our minds daily?

SUMMARY

This is the month to receive healing and restoration from the living waters of Yeshua over your life. By walking into the River of Life you will not only be healed and refreshed, but also receive new understanding from the waters flowing from the throne. This is the month of Jeremiah 33:3 the says, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’ The books of heaven that have been sealed for millenniums are being opened and revealed to His Remnant, but we must be willing to call out to the Lord. Just as the Promise of the building of the First Temple began this month, as well as Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim, expect an acceleration of the promises of God in you life and take these testimonies of fulfillment as your own. Remember to be like the sons of Issachar in the tents and offering righteous sacrifices (worship) to the Father and like Joshua who was hungry and thirsty for the presence of the Lord Almighty. This is the month to begin manifesting the prophetic calling as Oxen and Donkeys of the Kingdom, carriers of His glory. Will you answer the invitation to come into the Holy of Holies through the blood of our Lord and Savior or turn back the offer? Will you be transformed in your mind to be able to test and approve God’s will? Be aligned with the heart of the Father and His prophetic clock, Jerusalem during this Iyar/ Ziv, and be encompassed about by the certainty and Shalom of the arms of the Father.

DOUBLE ADAR: Triumph And Victory

DOUBLE ADAR: Triumph And Victory

Get ready for a month of more! It is the 12th month of the Biblical calendar, in the year of 5779. This year is also a leap year meaning there will be another month added to make it 13 months. Because of this, there are two months of Adar this year! Take your expectations for this year and double them. Look at your obstacles and through them into the sea, because they will be turned into overwhelming victory for the glory of God. If you have already balked on your new years resolutions on the Gregorian calendar, now is the time to get real and align your attitude and mindset with the prophetic clock of God for your life. The fallen kingdom of darkness has plans for your destruction, but it is time to walk into the throne room of the King and plead the blood of Yeshua over the false schemes trying to keep you from your destiny. What does the Lord want to do in your life? Have you asked lately?

The celebration of Purim is one of the happiest celebrations of the year, commemorating how God turned certain death into overwhelming victory. What is your Purim this month and this year? What is your impossible? You have been specially designed to face the challenges you are facing right now, because you have been uniquely equipped for this very moment and task by God. Esther walked into the court of the king knowing she could have been killed, because she had not been summoned (Esther 4:11). She knew she had her destiny to fulfill, and if she didn’t do it, someone else would have (Esther 4:13-14). Will you let your calling and purpose be fulfilled by someone else? Will you let fear stop you from doing what God entrusted you to do when He put you on this earth? His will will be done no matter what, but are we willing to be His instrument and vessel? Are we more afraid of the world and our circumstances than we are of denying our call and purpose in Yeshua? Press into these two months of more, and go higher into the heavenly places where the picture is more clear. Look past the current obstruction and see how the Lord turns tragedy into victory. Let Yeshua take the Hamans in our lives, destroy them by royal decree, and award us the plunder.

Adar 1 starts at sundown on February 5th and Adar 2 starts at sundown on March 7th. Adar 1 is actually seen as the extra month in the two Adars meaning Purim is only celebrated as a minor holiday during Adar 1. The main celebration of Purim will take place in Adar 2 on March 21st.

TRIBE: Naphtali

Rachel’s servant Billha gave birth to Naphtali, but it was Rachel who named him Naphtali, meaning “my struggle” or “my wrestling” do to the fact that she could not have a child while Leah had many. Rachel, despite her not being able to have children for a very long time, still ended up becoming known as the mother of Israel when she finally giving birth to Joseph who ended up being the favorite son of Jacob, and died giving birth to Benjamin. The tribe of Naphtali is the epitome of struggle and wrestling being turned into joy and blessing. “About Naphtali he said: “Naphtali is abounding with the favor of the LORD and is full of his blessing” (Deuteronomy 33:23). The tribe of Naphtali was known to be one of the most looked down upon tribes in the promised land, seeing more than its fair share of struggles, but the wrestling Naphtali would be rewarded greatly. Isaiah 19:1-2 prophecies that Yeshua would live on their land, and it was fulfilled when He lived in Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilea. God had plans all along to turn mourning into joy. What is you struggle? What is the promise of the Lord over your life?

Even Esther and Mordechai were descended from Rachel being from the tribe of Benjamin. Once again we see how Yeshua turns our struggles into joy and victory. From Rachel came the saviors of the Jewish people from being wiped out. It might seem like we have been dealt a bad hand at times and nothing good can come of it, but we are seeing the situation with our natural eyes. This is the month to go up to the mountain of the Lord and see what He sees. Look at the beautiful ending ahead of the struggle, and be encouraged in times of difficulty that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob brings abounding life out of darkness.

ANIMAL: Deer

Adar is represented by the deer or doe. “Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns” (Genesis 49:21). Prepare for multiplication in these two months of Adar, and stop looking at the stumbling blocks, but look instead at the top of the mountain. “He makes my feet like hinds’ feet [able to stand firmly and tread safely on paths of testing and trouble]; He sets me [securely] upon my high places” (Psalm 18:33). Do you have debts, relationship problems, illness, addictions, debilitating fear or anxiety? All of these things threaten to stop us from reaching our destiny in Yeshua or taking us from the right path. Even when there seems to be no path at all the Lord makes a way. But how can I see in the dark?! The Great I Am has given us the best flashlight in the Universe, the Word of God. “Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105). This is the month to keep our eyes off of our feet and instead keep our head on a swivel and our ears set to hear the direction of the Lord. A deer never looks down at the feet, just ahead to where it will go next. “And whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: “This is the way. Walk in it” (Isaiah 20:31).

Look to the top of the mountain! Every morning when you wake up, prophesy over your life, “I am going up to the mountain of the Lord!”

APOSTLE: John

John was a very unique Apostle that was called a son of thunder (Mark 3:17) by Yeshua due to his zealousness, but was also known as the best friend of Jesus (John 13:23). He was the only one of the twelve Apostles to die of natural causes, surviving many attempts on his life, as well as exile on the prison island of Patmos. One could say that John epitomized the verse in Psalm 42:1 that says, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.” In one of the most inhospitable places on earth in exile, John was taken up into the throne room of heaven and given the book of Revelation. John saw his situation as an opportunity rather than a stumbling block. How we act in times of difficulty tend to define us, and John, like Esther, because of their obedience were both rewarded with a favorable audience in the court of the King. One with the King of kings and the other with an earthly king. Both were ambassadors of the Lord of Hosts, messengers, just like every one of us as Believers are called to be (2 Corinthians 5:20). We are couriers of the good news, the Gospel of Peace, of edicts and verdicts from the courtroom of heaven. We are princes and prophets of the Kingdom of heaven, here to declare the Word of God and communicate with our lives the love of the Father to the world. Oh what a job we have! What a calling! What a destiny to carry the message of the King of glory! This is the month to go higher and higher, to stop climbing the ladder into heaven, and call on the angels to fly you to your destination faster. Let this be your anthem this month eagles of the Most high.

Isaiah 40:31

“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]

Will gain new strength and renew their power;

They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];

They will run and not become weary,

They will walk and not grow tired.”

Be taken up into the Holy of Holies and eat of the sweet scroll like John (Revelation 10:10), and let the Word transform you as it turns sour in your stomach. This is your month of sweetness, a honey month to be in His Word and presence that destroys all fear and worry, replaced by the assurance of His perfect love and certainty of victory against every foe.

CONSTELLATION: Dagim

Fish come first. The constellation Pisces or Dagim in Hebrew, pictures two fish swimming in the sea. Fish were the first living creatures to be created on the earth (Genesis 1:20-22). Fish in the Bible are synonymous with both creation and supernatural provision and sustenance (John 21:6, Matthew 23:17, Matthew 14:13-21). Even though they were the first on the earth, they are the last to be seen in the stars on the 12th month. The double Adar tells us that this coming year will be a year of acceleration where more of God’s plans and promises will come to fruition than one can fathom, hence His provision will be multiplied in preparation for the speeding up of the prophetic clock of God. This will be provision in the natural and in the spirit as Adonai calls us to greater rolls of stewardship and responsibility that we can only dream to accomplish if we go deeper into the river of life, past the ankles, knees and shoulders until we are immersed in His presence. It is more important than ever during these two months to “Trust in the Lord with all our hearts, and lean not on our own understanding; in all our ways submit to Him, and He will make our paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6). It is time to clean the nets of our hearts to receive humbly the gifts and blessing of the Lord.

LETTER: Kuf

The letter Kuf is the 19th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and has a value of 100. It is synonymous with Sarah’s birth of Isaac when Abraham was one hundred years old. Just as Mary gave birth to Yeshua in the same place that Rachel birthed Benjamin, where Boaz met Ruth leading to the birth of David, these two months are about to birth many great promises of God. These are two months of alignment the likes of which have been planned since before the beginning of time that have been orchestrated down to the very second. These two Adars will be months of unprecedented culmination. Expect to be surprised by God in a way that you didn’t expect, in a way more meaningful than you could have imagined. Expect to laugh like Sarah laughed at the beautiful surprise God had given her. Sarah said, “God has made me laugh; all who hear [about our good news] will laugh with me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have given birth to a son by him in his old age.”

 

NUMBER: Twelve

Twelve is the number of Adar as it is the twelfth and final month of the Biblical year, however it is also thirteen as this will be a double Adar year. Twelve in the Bible is symbolic of completion, there being twelve tribes, twelve Apostles, twelve gates in the New Jerusalem and twelve foundations each with a name of the twelve Apostles of Yeshua. Twelve is a reason to celebrate and be joyful especially for the celebration of Purim and the saving of the Jewish people in Babylon, but what about thirteen? Traditionally thirteen in the Bible is a number of rebellion and a sign of evil, but there is one instance that thirteen is a positive number, and that is the thirteenth of Adar. It was initially the day that Haman had planned for the Jews to be exterminated in all of Babylon, and satan thought he would get away with it. One year later, after an intervention of the Almighty through Esther and Mordechai, the day that was meant for the destruction of the Jews became the day the Jews rose up in all of Babylon and destroyed their enemies. What or who is the Haman standing in the way of God’s promise in your life? The King of kings has the final say, and He is sealing the royal decrees against the fallen kingdom of darkness even as we speak. Only Yeshua is worthy to break the seal, and it is by His blood that we are set free. You are royalty just as Esther and Mordechai, given authority over the defeated foe through Yeshua. Wield the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and speak to mountain! It will surely move in the name of Jesus.

STONE: Amethyst

The purple Amethyst is the stone of the month, and symbolizes royalty. It is not the royalty portrayed today that seems snobby, entitled and out of touch. No, we are talking King David royalty, that is fearless, anointed and set apart by the Lord God Almighty royalty. We are talking blessed, like Samson eating honey from the carcass of the lion he previously slew with his bare hands. It symbolizes inheritance, the land of milk and honey kind of inheritance that can only be taken with the grace and favor of God for His glory. Do you feel like royalty? Do you prophesy the death of the giant standing before you? Do you enjoy the spoils of the enemies of the God of Israel? Have you entered to the promised land, or are you making excuses? Do you act like a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, declaring the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light?” (Revelation 21:20).

PROPHETIC Message

Two months of joy and great happiness! Two months of triumph as the schemes of the enemy are turned on themselves! These will be two months of multiplication and blessing if we are willing to live the example of Esther and Mordechai who walked firmly in the calling and purpose God put on their lives, even at the threat of death. We could say that the risk is high and so is the reward, but we have already won, and we are already dead, or at least we are supposed to be. Being as this is the case, let us enter into these two months of Adar with nothing but the desire to please and honor Yeshua in all the things we do, say, see and hear. Get ready to go to another level, to eat the sweet scroll like the Apostle John and walk in the heavenly places where you belong. This is the time of more. Lack is not in your vocabulary and the only one who will fear is the enemy standing in the way of your destiny and inheritance. Enjoy the sweet presence of the Lord and give Him all glory, honor and praise in these two months of Adar. || By VdD7

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SHEVAT

SHEVAT

Importance of Biblical Times and Seasons

The importance of understanding the times and seasons as set out in the Word of God cannot be over-stated.  When we have the understanding like Daniel that the anti-christ seeks to change the times and law (Daniel 7:25), it behoves us as Children of God not to concede so lightly to the changes of the times and law that have already been so deftly implemented and ingrained into mainstream society.  To forget and downplay, or deny the fact that the Bible, the Word of God, goes by a different calendar than most of us follow is something we cannot afford to be ignorant of.  These allotted times and seasons were and are laid out purposefully by God.  It is true that we will not know the time nor the hour of the second coming of Christ (Matthew 24:6), but we are not to be ignorant of the signs of His coming, nor forget that Scripture has given us a detailed roadmap of the meaning of each biblical month, and revealed the redemptive purpose of the feast days celebrated during said biblical months.  We are not just to wait, but to watch and be prepared (Luke 12:35-36). As the end times draw closer, it is vitally important that we understand the importance of each biblical month in the now, so that we can be aligned with the timing of God rather than deceived by the enemy and miss the mark.   

MONTH OF SHEVAT

This is the interval of the year to receive refreshing and renewal for the preparation to enter into the fullness of God’s promise, and to eat of the fruits that are finally ripe to partake of and share.  It is the month to decide if we will let the enemy steal our inheritance in the Lord, or stand firm in the authority Yeshua has given us to receive His allotted portion for this season.  Do not let the thief into the orchard and steal all that has been labored over and waited on.  The time of the ripening is at hand, and the fruit is ready for harvest.  Shevat is the 11th month of the Biblical calendar lasting form ‪January 7th to February 7th‬ in the Gregorian calendar, and is the second of the winter months.  It is the height of the rainy season in Israel, and the same month of the celebration of Tu B’Shevat (New Year for Trees) on Shevat 15.  Tu B’Shevat coincides with the flowering of the almond tree in Israel, marking the end of the cold and rainy season and the beginning of Spring.  It was on this day during the Temple period when the “first fruits” of trees of four years old were given to the Lord (Leviticus 19:23-25).  It was on the fifth year of a tree bearing fruit that one was allowed to eat the fruit and increase its yield for oneself.  This is the season of your fifth year, when the fruits of your labor and the promise of increase are finally at hand.  Savor the taste of holding out for the fulfillment of God’s promise in your life and stewarding it with the heart of the Father.  

“On the east side of the Jordan River in the wilderness, and in the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month (Shevat), Moses spoke to the Israelites according to all that the Lord had given him in commandment to them” (Deuteronomy 1:1-3).  On the first day of this month, Moses began to address Israel, imparting upon them the whole book of Deuteronomy.  Moses reminded this new generation of all that God had done for Israel, reiterated God’s law, and the Lord made a new covenant with Israel before they marched into the Promised Land.  He spoke to a generation that had lived their whole lives in the exile in the desert thus far, and had witnessed first hand both God’s mercy and the consequences of provoking His wrath.   They had just gotten a taste of the victory that ‪Abba‬ was about to give them in the Promised Land, and now they were hungry for the rest of the pie.  Have you gone through enough deserts in your life? Are you ready for more than just a taste of the victory the Father has prepared for you?  Now is the opportune season to take heed of every lesson learned from the past, and prepare to run with the Lord of Hosts to receive every delayed promise, and take back that which has been stolen by the enemy.  Whether it is for your business, ministry, job, family, city or nation, the time is ripe to pluck the fruit from the tree and transition into spring.

Shevat comes up in a contrasting manner in Zechariah 1:7.   At this point in the history of Israel, during the same month as Moses’ warning to Israel of the consequences of going against the Lord, the tables are now turned, and those consequences have been meted out in the form of Israel’s exile to Babylon.  The book of Zechariah shows us God’s jealousy for His people and the mercy He has on them after the allotted time of their exile is over, going so far as to say, “I have returned to Jerusalem with mercy and compassion. My house shall be built in it” (Zechariah 1:16).  Even though Israel had prostituted herself to other gods and strayed from Lord, He had mercy saying, “My cities shall again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord shall again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.” (Zechariah 1:16).  Have you backslidden? Do you know anyone who has? Was your nation once a beacon of Light, but has fallen back into darkness?  Just like Elohim’s forgiveness of Israel, the love and mercy of God has been fulfilled through Christ, now the Judge of the nations, dying and rising again for each and every one of us.  Restoration is at hand! Don’t just ask for it, declare it over yourself, over every person that has slid back into the sins of the past and over your nation!  He did it for Israel numerous times, so how much easier for one single person, or one nation for a second time?  This is the season of restoration, where the rains are being poured out from the heavens saturating the trees in preparation for the end of winter.  The blossoming of the almond trees is ushering in the beginning of spring when the warriors get back on their horses and prepare to ride into battle once more.   

TRIBE: ASHER

Asher was the 8th son of Jacob, the second son of Leah born of her servant Zilpah.   The meaning of Asher is happiness.  Asher and all of his descendants lived up to their namesake, and were very blessed.   When Jacob prophesied over his sons before his death, he said of his 8th son, “From Asher comes delicious bread, and he shall provide the delicacies of the king” (Genesis 49:20).  As far as prophecies are concerned, Asher definitely got a nicer word than many of his brothers that day.  When Moses prophesied over the twelve tribes, he said of Asher, “Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil” (Deuteronomy 33:24).  Once again we see that it was only abundance and prosperity that was to be Asher’s inheritance, and it was even true of the land allotted to them after Israel had taken the promised land.  Located in the northwest corner of Israel, Asher had the coast of the sea as its western border and was a very fertile land.  They received more rain than the much of the nation with rich pasture and orchards, and were particularly known for their abundance of olive trees that produced huge amounts of olive oil.  They had wheat, water, wine and oil aplenty, with more than enough to export as well.  Just like the land of Asher, this month is a month of plenty, to receive not just enough, but to receive so much as to also be a blessing to others.  Asher produced so much olive oil in fact, that their tribe insignia was the olive tree.  Psalm 1 tells us that every righteous person is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.  During this month of rain it is time to refresh and renew our roots so that the living water from the throne of heaven will course through us, bringing the fruit in its season.  We must be like the pure olive oil used in the menorah of the Temple from whence the flames burned, and be like torches in the night lighting a path to Yeshua.   Take your blessings from the Lord with happiness and joy.  Harken back to your first love of Jesus Christ, and remember to live in that love.  Refill your lamps with pure olive oil, and keep the fire burning into the night.  “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching ” (Luke 12:35-36).  

It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Asher however, because the tribe failed to heed the warnings of Moses before entering the Promised Land.  They intermarried with the canaanites on their land and started to worship false gods.  When Moses told them specifically not to do this, it also came with a consequence.  “They will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the LORD’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you” (Deuteronomy 7:4).  After being one of the most blessed tribes of Israel, Asher did the one thing that they were told not to.   “Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob: But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land for they did not drive them out” (Judges 1:31-32). Later we see that Asher was one of the first tribes to be attacked by the Assyrians to the north, facing defeat after defeat at their hands.  However, we see that Asher also had a history of repentance, and though they strayed many times from the Lord, always humbled themselves and returned to worshipping only Yahweh.  As the Lord blesses you abundantly this month, be like the righteous man who is planted beside streams of living water, and not walking in the ways of the wicked who will perish.  It is never too late to turn back to Yeshua and repent of ones backsliding, and if that is you in this season, humble your heart oh prodigal and be welcomed back into the arms of the Father!  ‪Abba‬ will give us many gifts and blessings in abundance this month, and will continue to do so like He did with Asher, but how we steward those gifts is up to us.        

APOSTLE: PETER 

Although Peter was not likely a member of the tribe of Asher, his life is as we see it in the Scripture is uncanny in its parallels to the tribe of Asher.  Peter was blessed with great abundance, and His life before and after Jesus’ resurrection was a series of falling, repentance and being restored to even greater strength and faith.  Peter was singled out by Jesus more than any of the other disciples, both commending and rebuking him in equal measure.  From the very outset of Yeshua meeting Peter, he was blessed with great abundance.  “When Jesus had finished speaking, He said to Simon Peter, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we have worked through the night without catching anything, but because You say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to tear” (Luke 5:4-6).  They were blessed with such abundance, that they had no need to even worry about their livelihoods when they made the choice to be Jesus’ disciples.  It was also Peter who answered correctly saying that Yeshua was the Christ (Matthew 16:17).  This no doubt made the rest of the disciples a little jealous.  However Peter was also the one disciple that denied Jesus three times after telling Him he would never deny Him, a treachery bested only by Judas.   Just like the tribe of Asher, Peter had been given much, but denied the One True God.  After Christ’s resurrection, Peter is singled out yet again, repents, is forgiven, restored and even commissioned as an apostle by Jesus to go and feed His sheep (John ‪21:15-17‬).  Peter had fallen the hardest, but was forgiven and restored to even greater standing.   Let us take note of the lessons of Peter’s life during this month of abundance and restoration.  When great provision comes, give all credit and glory to the Great I Am, and when we fall, no matter how far, even so much as to deny Yeshua, to be humble, repent and be restored in the fullness of ‪Abba‬’s love. 

CONSTELLATION: AQUARIUS

Aquarius, or Deli in Hebrew, meaning The Water Urn, is the constellation in the night sky over Israel in the month of Shevat.  Aquarius pictures a man pouring water from and urn in to the mouth of a fish.  It is appropriate that this is also the apex of the rainy season in Israel where the waters are being poured out from the heavens to quench the thirsty land in the natural.  As well as having a natural parallel, there is also a very spiritual one. In this constellation, the man represents God, the water as the Holy Spirit and the fish as us, God’s children receiving the Holy Spirit.  It shows us this month is a month of both natural and spiritual abundance from the Lord.  Isaiah 44:3 characterizes this month beautifully saying, “ I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.”  The Father is pouring out both His Spirit and His blessings in a double portion this month.  

Deli also reminds us that Yeshua has prepared a way for us so that we will never have to worry or be anxious of the next moments and days.  “He said to them, Behold, when you have gone into the city, a man carrying an earthen jug or pitcher of water will meet you; follow him into the house which he enters, and say to the master of the house, The Teacher asks you, where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover meal with My disciples” (Luke ‪22:10-11‬).  Everything had already been prepared.   The Lord told them where to find the man who had what they needed.  This is symbolic of any kind of provision we need in our lives.  Then, Jesus tell his disciples exactly what to say to the man who had what was needed.  He gives us everything we need for the season we are in, but it is up to us to actually take the steps to accomplish the task.  When Adonai gives the vision as He did to his disciples, He also gives the provision, everything we will need to fulfill that vision.  If Yeshua told you face to face to go and do something for Him, I imagine you would do it to perfection. If you know you have a calling, vision or promise from God, act as though Jesus is standing right in front of you telling you He has given you everything you need to make it happen, and take a step of faith, then another and another until it is accomplished.  

LETTER: TZADIK

Tzadik is the eighteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet and means righteous one.  When written, it even forms an image of a servant with their hands raised in humility to the Lord.   Tzadik is also the most similar letter to Aleph, the first letter of the alphabet which represents the beginning or foundation which is Yeshua.  Tzadik is known as the mate of Aleph,  like the Bride and the Bridegroom.  We are the witnesses and messengers of the Lord here on earth and are meant to be a reflection of Jesus.  We are meant to be Tzadik, righteous, and can only be righteous through Yeshua.  We are to be Psalm 1 people  who are a rooted in Him, nurtured by Him and taught by Him.  Tzadik is a reflection of the Aleph, just as we are meant to be as His children.  During this month of Shevat we are reminded to be righteous men and women, unless we prefer the way of the wicked who “are like chaff that the wind drives away” and who’s destiny is death (Psalm 1:4).  In this month of Shevat, the abundance of the Lord is being poured out, and our job as His children is to shout from the mountain tops all that He has done for us, and be a walking talking testimony of His perfect love.  

NUMBERS: 11 & 15

There are two numbers that represent this month, 11 and 15.  The number 11 symbolizes disorder, chaos and judgment. In the Bible, 11 is used twenty-four times and “11th” 19 times.

Coming after 10 which represents completion, law and responsibility, the number eleven 11 represents the opposite, which is being irresponsible and breaking the Law, bringing disorder and judgment. We saw that this was the outcome of Asher’s disobedience to God.  We see the consequences of going against The Great I Am all throughout the Bible.  One very pertinent example that of this, and is a direct parallel to the times we are living in is in Genesis 11.  Nimrod rebelled against the Lord, and instead of using their unified language to do God’s will they did their own, resulting in God making them speak different languages and scattered them throughout the earth.  Today, more than any other time since then is the closest the world has come to having the same conditions as Nimrod did, with a universal language, the wish to be like God, and rebelling against Him.  Artificial intelligence, cloning, gene manipulation, gender fluidity, trans-humanism, etc. are all happening now throughout the world without regard to God’s law or the punishment that will inevitably ensue, because people now believe they themselves are God.  Be sure meditate on the Word of God this month so as not be fooled or deceived this season.  Do with the gifts He has given us the righteous thing, not the rebellious.

The number 15 in the Bible pictures rest, which comes after deliverance, represented by fourteen.  15 is the opposite of the chaos and confusion represented by 11.  The 15th day of the month in the Bible is chalk full of examples of rest and happiness.  The 15th day of Nisan is the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a day of rest for the children of Israel and for Believers. The 15th of Elul begins the Feast of Tabernacles, also a day of rest. ‪The 15th of this month‬ is the New Year for Trees, a time to rest and partake of the fruit of the trees.  After dying on the cross, Jesus’ body was placed in a garden tomb as the sun was setting to begin Nisan 15.  We see clearly that 15 symbolizes rest, but also remembrance.  Just as Moses reminded Israel of all that God had done before they entered into the promised Land, we must remember all He has done for us, to celebrate Him, rest in Him, and walk with Him.  Even during a time on the earth when people are trying to play God and seemingly everything is becoming relative and permissible, our rest comes from the Lord and we will do so this month.  Chaos, confusion and judgement are from and for the enemy.   Rest, order and blessing are for us through Christ, and we declare that victory and blessing is the only outcome for us in every moment of every day this Shevat.  

STONE: TURQUOISE

Turquoise, also known as Beryl in the Bible, holds a special place in the Scriptures that is easy to overlook.  It is a stone placed both in the Ephod of the High priest, representing one of the tribes of Israel (Exodus 28:20), as well as in the walls of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19). It is a representation of life giving water and the Holy Spirit. It is also a representation of unity in the body of Christ, a synchronicity and strength that is held together by the perfect love of God (Colossians 3:14).  Daniel 10:6 says of the Lord, “His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches.”  His body would look like the very water He tells us to drink of that we may never thirst again.  Christ says in John 7:37-39 “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit.”  He is inviting us to be a part of His Body, full of the Holy Spirit, and partaking of His promises.  We have been grafted in to the tree of life, whose root is holy (Romans 11:11-31).  His water, the Holy Spirit, flows through us like water through the veins of a tree, our lifeblood and source of nourishment. Without it we are sure to wither and die.  Rivers of living water now flow from our hearts, which means we have within us the very river that we are meant to be planted next to.  Dryness and travails are not God’s plan for our lives!  Declare from your hear the blessings and promises God has for you, and watch as fruit begins to hang from your branches.  We are in Him and He is in us.  Rivers flow from our hearts and our roots soak it up in an endless cycle of life.  Speak life and live it to the full in happiness and joy this Shevat. 

GATE: JAFFA

As the New Jerusalem has 12 gates, and we as intercessors of the Kingdom pray for the nations, each month of the year represents a specific region on the globe to pray for.  From each gate, a region of the world is covered, like a slice of pie projected from Jerusalem to the nations, and during this month, the United States, Canada, Spain and France are in the crosshairs of said gate.  Jaffa gate, which still stands in the Old City of Jerusalem to this day, is a representation of this zone of prayer to the nations.  As we pray for the nations this month, pray especially for the above mentioned, and take note that they will be int the spotlight of the news this month.    Please join with us in ardent intercession for these particular countries, for the perfect will of Hashem to be done there and the plans and schemes of the enemy to be thwarted at every turn.  Pray that each of these places will recognize and give all credit to the Lord God Almighty, and not turn away from His will, ushering in judgement rather than blessing from the Great I Am.  Yeshua is both the judge of the individual man and the Judge of the nations, and we must stand in the gap accordingly, praying without ceasing for our brethren across the globe, keeping the angelic hosts busy on the highways of heaven.   In this month of happiness and abundance, pray that the Remnant of these nations are blessed to overflow to fulfill their redemptive purpose in the Lord with excellence and without fail.  ‪Abba‬, please raise up the Joshuas and Calebs to take back there countries, paving the way for Your return!

MESSAGE

Stand tall and strong trees of the Kingdom!  Shake free the fresh fruit from your branches to be eaten and enjoyed this Shevat, and be renewed by the living water of Yeshua which your roots drink deeply of.  Be refreshed and strengthened by the rain of heaven and prepare yourself for the Spring.  What is coming this month is just a taste of all the Lord has prepared for you, but do not forget to give credit where credit is due.  You will taste of the best the land has to offer, but do not bite the Hand that feeds you.  Give all glory honor and thanks to the Most High.  Be careful not to be tricked or deceived by the enemy who wishes to steal the blessing you have been gifted from the Lord.  Call the bluff of the serpent who has no right over your inheritance in Yeshua, and stomp it out with your heel to remind it who has authority over who.  Heed the warnings of the Lord, be encouraged by the great works He has already done in and around you, and take the next step into the fullness of His promise which He has placed before you.  Do not be afraid or frustrated by the world around you that mocks God and tries to be Him.  Stand firm in these end times of acceleration with your brothers and sisters in Christ, moving as one in the Holy Spirit, all drinking from the same River, and producing the same righteous fruit of the Lord.  It is time to rally the troops of the Kingdom, gather the provision and get ready to march.  We remember this Shevat that Moses gathered all of Israel together before his death to make sure they were all of the same mind with unwavering faith before entering into the Promised Land.  In the same season and the same spirit, we come into agreement with the Lord this month as a generation that has been prepared and equipped for the battles ahead to “be strong and courageous, not to be afraid or tremble in dread before our enemies, for it is the Lord our God who goes with us. He will not fail us or abandon us” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

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BLUEPRINT OF TEVET

BLUEPRINT OF TEVET

Tevet! What a prophetic month we are entering into. This is the month to implement the strategies (attack and defense) one has received from God in every aspect of our lives. It is also time to look closely at the alliances we have made and to decide if it is from the Lord. We will begin to see the fruits of trusting in the voice of the Holy Spirit, and the once bleak horizon will give way to His promise. We are now in the 10th biblical month of the Biblical calendar that lasts from sundown on December 8th to sundown January 6th in the Gregorian Calendar. We transition into Tevet during a unique alignment of open heavens this year. What makes it such a prophetic day is the fact that Rosh Kodesh (the eve of Tevet) was also a Shabbat, as well as in the midst of the festival of Hanukkah which ends on Tevet 3. It is a trifecta of open heavens and a day of alignment. We move from the month of Kislev, the month of dreams, visions and receiving divine strategy to Tevet, the month of implementing that strategy and making key decisions. It is a month of great contrasts in history. On the one hand we remember that in the month of Tevet, Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem before destroying the Temple, which is commemorated by a day of fasting to this day on Tevet 10. It is also a time of hope and promise however, with Esther being made queen of Babylon during this month (Esther 2:16-17), the rededication of the 2nd Temple after the defeat of the Greek/Syrian army (Hanukkah), and when Noah first saw the top of the mountains as the waters began to recede from the great flood (Genesis 8:5). It is both a time of judgement and new beginnings when we must make crucial decisions regarding the beginning of the new gregorian year. Now is the time to put into motion the divine strategy of the Lord mighty in battles, the moment to dig in and stand fast, but also to begin receiving the promise that Adonai has been preparing. Keep your eyes focused on Him, and even in the midst of turmoil and accusation, stick firmly to the path of Yeshua. The mountain tops are just over the horizon, and the promise of God is at hand!

TRIBE: DAN

Dan was the first son of Rachel born of her servant Bilhah, and at his birth, “Rachel said, God has judged me, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son: therefore she called him Dan” (Genesis 30:6). Dan was born of unique circumstances with Rachel both grateful, but also upset that her servant had a child while she could not. Therefore, she named him Dan which comes from the Hebrew word, “To Judge”. When Jacob prophesied over Dan, the word “judge” comes up again, but in a slightly different context. “Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.  “Dan shall be a [venomous] serpent in the way, a fanged snake in the path, that bites the horse’s heels, so that his rider falls backward” (Genesis 49:16-17). So even though Dan was not born from the womb of Rachel, the Lord allowed Dan to be a tribe of Israel. We see a pattern of what may seem like Dan being unappreciated, even when Moses prophesied over Dan and said, “Dan is a lion’s whelp : he shall leap from Bashan” (Deuteronomy 33:22). The word whelp literally means (Impudent or despised youth), but when we look at the bigger picture, not at Dan being a despised youth, but rather at the fact that Dan is described as a lion, we see that it was an honor given only to one other tribe, Judah. In fact, one of the most renowned judges of Israel was from the tribe of Dan. Samson was the epitome of a lion, yet also a snake in the grass to the then much stronger Philistines who had at the time taken control of Israel. Even after being blinded, chained and paraded before the enemy, his last dying act was to bring down the temple of dagon on himself and all of the the governors of the Philistines as the Almighty restored his strength one last time. Samson made many mistakes to be sure, but he completed the mission that God had given him, fulfilling the promise that he would be used as an instrument to deliver his people. Even if it seems as though a situation is hopeless, or we feel close to our breaking point, it is time to lift our heads and continue calling upon the Lord, declaring His Word and promise over our lives and those around us for its fulfillment is at hand. If you feel like a lion’s whelp, remember, you are a lion nonetheless, destined to greatness and victory through and by the Lord of Hosts.

We must not overlook the fact that Dan was the first of the tribes to fall to idolatry after taking the promised land. Judges 18 chronicles Dan’s idolatry, and how even before taking the fullness of the land allotted to them, they turned away from Elohim, deciding instead to worship false idols. It was even a grandson of Moses who became their false priest. Perhaps it was because of this idolatry that Dan is actually left out of the inheritance of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 7:4-8. One decision to worship a carving and an ephod over the Almighty led to forfeiture of Dan’s inheritance in the New Jerusalem. Stay focused mighty men and women of the Most High, because the unseen enemy is reeling at your perseverance! To all of the intercessors and leaders in the Body of Christ, during this momentous season, the enemy is counting on your desertion, and is trying to do everything to break your will and those around you. Get your shields up and shields locked to the person on your left and right, and continue affirming and praying for your brothers and sisters. During the exodus from Egypt, when Israel marched, Dan was the rear guard. The rear guard is one of the most important and dangerous positions in an army on the move, often times taking the brunt of the casualties, and receiving very little recognition. In the Body of Christ, it is often times the intercessors who are standing in the gap, but receiving very little recognition, and even leaders who often times feel lonely in their positions of authority with few to confide in. We must stand strong with our brothers and sisters in Christ, fighting as a unit, not alone, lest we get surrounded and outmatched. “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13).

APOSTLE: PAUL

The original apostle of the month of Tevet and of the tribe of Dan was Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus, who was then replaced by Saul, who later became Paul. Although Paul was of the tribe of Benjamin, he was once like Judas who persecuted the believers of Yeshua, but God had great mercy on Saul, and was greatly glorified through him. Just like the tribe of Dan, Judas preferred to worship false idols (silver), instead of Jesus, the Way the Truth and the Life. We see that Paul who was once a murderer and persecutor of the Believers, and is a testament to the complete forgiveness of sin that came through the blood of Yeshua, and the full transformation into a new person altogether in Christ. No matter what situation Paul found himself in, his eyes were always on the promise of God. Through every obstacle and persecution, Paul never quit, because his thoughts and reality were not of the flesh, but of the Spirit, as the God is Spirit (1 Corinthians 11:22-33). Even though he had never beheld Jesus Christ physically, his faith was unfailing. No matter what the enemy is throwing at you, be steadfast, and full of the joy of the Lord! Be so sure in the Promises of our King so that even death will not deter your path, and remember that, “Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God” (Romans 8:10).

CONSTELLATION: CAPRICORN (GEDI)

The constellation of this month is Capricorn, or “Gedi” in Hebrew, which means goat. The goat is seen in both a positive and negative sense in the Bible. In one instance the goat is the animal that takes on the sin of Israel (Leviticus 16:22), and in another instance the Word says that He will separate the sheep and the goat nations, the goat nations being the nations that are judged by Him (Matthew 26:31-46). In either case, we should be sure not to align with those who are not aligned with the King of glory, lest we fall into the goat category this season. Instead we must be like the goats of Habbakkuk 3:19 where it says, “He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.” When our refuge is in the Father, “He will not allow our feet to slip; He who keeps us will not slumber” (Psalm 121:3). Even in what may seem the most treacherous or uncomfortable of times, when we are on the verge of falling from the mountainside, we must keep our eyes locked on His, and He will see us to the top. Now is not time to worry about the obstacles or the circumstances, but to trust in Him who makes the way clear.

LETTER: AYIN

The letter Ayin means “eye” or “to see”. This month will be a time of seeing more clearly in the Spirit, when eyes will be opened to the things of God in the heavenly realms. Oh how important are the eyes! “ The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light” (Matthew 6:22). Make it a point to clear your eyes this month, and see from the heavenly places. Be in the throne room with the King, looking from His perspective, seeing from His eyes and His heart. Where are your eyes fixed? Are they wandering or focused? “Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you” (Proverbs 4:25). Lord show us the plans of your enemies like you showed your prophet Elisha, whom you brought into the tent of your enemies (2 Kings 12), and open our eyes like Elisha’s servant who saw that, “The mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha”. The Hosts of heaven surround us even when we are not aware, and the Holy Spirit gives us insight and understanding beyond our capacity. See the unseen, and be strengthened in the knowledge that the Lord is a shield round about you (Psalm 3:3).

NUMBERS: 10 & 70

The numbers of Tevet are 10, as it is the tenth month of the Biblical calendar, and 70, the number associated with the letter Ayin. The number 10 represents something coming to completion or fully running it’s course. The number 70 is made up of seven tens, signifying not only completion, but also divine order and entering into a new season, epoch, era, cicle, etc. It represents both perfect order as well as judgement. For example, Israel spent a total number of 70 years in captivity in Babylon (Jeremiah 29:10). These numbers also have another unique connection to Jerusalem. Seventy sevens (490 years) were determined upon Jerusalem for it to complete its transgressions, to make an end for sins and for everlasting righteousness to enter into it (Daniel 9:24). In the same light, 70 elders were appointed by Moses (Numbers 11:16), and after reading the covenant God gave him to read to the people, Moses took 70 elders with Aaron and his sons up Mount Sinai to eat with God (Exodus 24: 9 – 11). On the other hand, the prophet Ezekiel was taken by God to Jerusalem to be shown 70 elders of Israel defiling themselves by offering incense to their idols (Ezekiel 8). This month is the month to choose which group of 70 elders we will be. Let us be aligned to the Lord of lords and make our way up the mountain as the 70 elders did with Moses and Aaron, and to eat at the table with Adonai, even in the midst of our enemies (Psalm 23)!

COLOR: LIGHT BLUE

The color of the month is light blue like the turquoise stone. Blue is very significant in the Word of God, and in the natural is one of the three primary colors, from which all other colors are created. Blue symbolizes both salvation and healing in the Bible. In numbers 15:38-41 the Lord commands the sons of Israel to add a blue chord to the tassel at the edge of their garments in remembrance of God taking Israel out of Egypt. In Matthew 9:21, the woman is healed when she touches the edge of Yeshua’s garment. Blue also signifies priesthood, authority and royalty, as one of the main colors of the tabernacle and robes of the high priests were blue, even the veil of the Holy of Holies was made of blue, purple and crimson fabric (Numbers 4:6-12, Exodus 26:1, Chronicles 3:14). Blue also speaks of the presence and majesty of Yahweh, and the Word of God as it was the Spirit of the Lord that hovered over the waters in the beginning (John 1:1, Genesis 1:2). Even the fact that the sky is blue is a reminder that Elohim is all encompassing and everywhere. Remember this month that you are part of a royal priesthood of the Most High, you have been redeemed from captivity and sin, healing is a promise of Adonai, and that wherever you armor go, even in this vastness of the universe, God is still Emmanuel (God with us).

PROPHETIC MESSAGE

Implement the divine strategy, align correctly as a sheep of the Lord, be sure footed on the heights, receive fresh insight into the heavenly realms and enter into this new season with increased strength and renewed vigor. Be filled with the fire from the throne of the Almighty for the victorious battle ahead! Affirm your brothers and sisters in Yeshua, and sound the shofar on the walls, standing and fighting alongside the Hosts of heaven to thwart the plans of the enemy and accomplish the mandates of our Father in heaven for this time and season in which we are living. The earth will shake at the roaring of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, revealing her hidden treasures. The heavens will tremble as the principalities and powers of darkness come tumbling from their false thrones as the prophetic clock of God ticks closer to the end of the devil (Revelation 12:12), and the return of the King of glory (Revelation 22:20). The season of winter is here, and we must be like the brides waiting for the King, with extra oil for our lamps so that we may keep warm and be able to see when He comes. You will not miss the “Moed” (appointed time) with the bride groom this month, and you will dine with Him at His table atop Mount Sinai! I am with you, I am for you says the Lord, now follow Me. I am your Shelter in the storm, your warmth in the cold and your Light by night.