The Month of Adar
FIRSTFRUITS RECAP FOR MONTH OF ADAR
(Sentences in bold print are the highlights of the meaning of the month and are to be used as declarations for our lives.)
We are now in the last month of the Hebrew calendar, the month of Adar. This is a joyful month, a time to celebrate the Lord’s victory over evil. Declare that you will see victory in your life over the plans of the enemy.
This is a month to celebrate certain endings in our life. To finish something is better than starting. Declare that you will complete the tasks that God has given to you to do, and if you should find yourself at the end of one of those tasks, celebrate the end of the task. Do not look back but look forward to the new that God has for you. (Ecclesiastes 7:8a)
The word Adar means strength. We want to finish the year strong but not in our own strength. God shows us the key to our strength. It is illustrated through the Hebrew letter linked to Adar, which is KUF. One of the meanings of KUF is associated with entering joy. “…The joy of the Lord is my strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10) God wants us to walk in the joy of the Lord so He can be our strength. True joy is not based on our circumstances but on our relationship with God through His Son. Forgiveness of our sins, salvation through Jesus Christ, eternal life, knowing Him and communing with Him should bring us great joy! When we spend time with Him and in His word, we realize that God is for us. His word manifests joy within us. We need to praise Him, focus on Him, and not our circumstances in our personal life or in the world. When we do, we are agreeing with Him and what His word says about us. This is a great weapon against the enemy! He hates it and it will cause him to flee! Declare that you will use the weapon of joy!
The other meaning of the letter KUF is to remove the masquerade. This is the month to remove any mask you have been hiding behind so you can enter into your true identity and the true joy of who you are in Him. There is an identity for each of us that is linked to the invisible world, not to the natural. This is the month to discover your identity in the spiritual realm and become who you are meant to be, just as Esther did. It is during this month that we celebrate Purim, a story of great victory and deliverance over the enemy. Read the book of Esther this month and declare that God will give you your war strategy to have victory over the plans of the enemy in your life!
The constellation for this month is Pisces, a picture of two fish. This is a month to find your supply in the hidden world, just as Peter found the coin in the fish’s mouth to pay his taxes. Dive deep into His word and He will show you His treasures and your supply. Pisces can also represent a multitude of believers, as well as represent a picture of the Jew and the Gentile, who will become one new man.
Adar is linked with the Tribe of Naphtali, which means “sweetness is to me.” It is a time to leap with joy like a doe let loose and to leap up and over the obstacles and circumstances in our life. (Habakkuk 3:9) This month is a time of celebration because our curse has been overturned and things have become sweet. This is the month to fully annihilate the plan of any “Haman” in our life. Adar is also the time to break off any wrong decrees that have been spoken over our life. Declare that ungodly decrees that have been spoken over you, from the past or present, will no longer circle around you. Declare that you will take authority over these wrong decrees, cut them off, and speak God’s words and His plans over your life.
Just as Esther and Mordecai had to face the evil plan of the enemy in the land, turn from fear and arise in courage and boldness, we are to do the same. We must stand in God’s strength and power against the anti-Christ spirit that comes against us. Declare that you will not let the giants in your life produce fear in you. Take God at His word. Believe what He says about you. You are His and you walk in His authority. The curse has been reversed. Declare that you will laugh in the enemy’s face! (Proverbs 31:25) Laughter is like medicine to our body. Laughter and joy are the characteristics for this month.
This month is about arising to your moment of destiny by responding to the voice of God. Because Esther chose to do the right thing, Haman’s plan was exposed, and she saved the lives of her people – not just for that time, but for every Jew that would come forth from that time forward. When we come into a moment of destiny, a single word spoken, or a single act can affect a generation. God has moments of destiny for all of us. He is working to position us for those moments. Declare that you will learn to hear God’s voice, respond to Him quickly, recognize His leading, develop sensitivity to His timing, and walk in patience and obedience, at any cost, even if it seems foolish. Declare that you will recognize your moments of destiny because, like Esther, you are called “for such a time as this!”
All information in this Firstfruits Recap for the month of Adar, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance,” by Chuck D. Pierce and “His Appointed Times,” by Christine Vales.
The Month of Shevat
FIRSTFRUITS RECAP FOR MONTH OF SHEVAT
How blessed we are to know what God is saying to us each month through the Hebrew calendar. As we walk through the uncertainty of the year before us, rest in the fact that God sees every month ahead and all that each month holds. He will direct our steps as we look to Him and follow what He is saying to us each month. Psalm 1 has special significance in this month of Shevat as it gives us a picture of what we are to look like as a blessed man or woman of God.
The characteristics for this month:
The Hebrew letter for Shevat is TZADIK, which symbolizes the “righteous one.” Jehovah Tzidkenu, the Lord Who is our Righteousness, is an expression of God for this month of Shevat. In this month we will see righteousness become our foundation. Righteousness means to be in right standing with God and can only be obtained by salvation through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. When we are rooted in righteousness we will not be moved.
This month is linked to the constellation Aquarius (the water carrier). Look for those who are bringing pitchers of water to you, and offer His refreshing, living water to others, as well. The tree in Psalm 1 is a prosperous tree (or a blessed tree) because it is firmly rooted by the streams of water. It has great stability, and it will not be moved. This month the river of God touches the roots, and the roots awaken to the water of life. Pray for your roots to awaken to the water of life. Make decisions carefully this month. Check your positioning. You may have to position yourself to be watered in a new way.
This month shout “My blessings are on the way!” Let this declaration rise up within you as you see your wagons of supply arriving with water pots to quench your thirst and share that supply and living water with others!
This month is linked with the tribe of Asher, which is a picture of pleasure, happiness, delicious, and fatness. During this month beware of the delicacies of the king. Read the book of Daniel this month and consider doing a Daniel fast. Then ask God to show you how to eat in a new way. Doing a fast in January and then following God’s new eating plan can help set you up to digest whatever God gives us to eat for the future. Also, eat the Word daily so your body will be healed and properly aligned. What you are tasting and meditating on in His word produces life or nourishment for your future. Make your delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on His law, day and night.
Look at your field this month and see what is planted there. Who is planted in your field? Are the trees in your field ready to bear fruit? Shevat is called the month of the new year of trees. Pray that you will be like the tree in Psalm 1, firmly planted by the riverbank, soaking up His living water into your roots, bearing good fruit in season, having leaves that do not wither, and being prosperous in whatever you do.
The meaning for this month could not be timelier with all that is going on in the world. The winds of adversity are blowing, there is much shaking, things are being uprooted, great changes are occurring quickly. Righteousness must be our foundation if we want to remain standing! God is showing us how to stand through this tumultuous time in the earth. He gave us a beautiful picture of a strong, well-watered, firmly planted tree, prosperous tree in Psalm 1. See yourself as that kind of tree. God shows us how – by reading and meditating on His Law, day and night. As you read and meditate, picture your roots going down deep into the river of God and soaking up that living water. May we flourish in Him and bless others with the fruit we bear and offer shade for the weary in these scorching times.
All information in this Firstfruits Recap for the month of Shevat, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance,” by Chuck D. Pierce and “His Appointed Times,” by Christine Vales.
The Month of Tevet
First Fruits Recap on the Month of Tevet — The month of Tevel comes right in the middle of Hanukah. This month reminds us that God is a God of miracles and His light overcomes the darkness. This month begins with a reminder of His faithfulness to His people. We are to be filled with faith and celebrating the goodness of God. This is a very important month to pray with boldness into our destiny.
To understand the month of Tevet, we must understand what Hanukah is about. Hanukah was about God pouring out His mercy on His people, about the restoration of His Temple, about miracles in allowing the oil for the lamp in the temple burn for eight days, and about receiving light, which is revelation from God. God wants us to come out of Hanukah filled with faith.
Tevet is linked with the Tribe of Dan. Dan means “to rule, to judge or to execute judgement.” This is a month for us to judge, to grow up and mature. Dan represents a great tragedy, as he did not fulfill his destiny. All the tribes of Israel messed up, but they eventually fulfilled their destiny. Even though God showered Dan with blessings, and poured out His mercy upon him, Dan chose to walk a path of darkness. He did not respond to God correctly. When God pours out His blessing and mercy upon us, we have a choice in how we respond. We can respond by living for ourselves, or by giving ourselves in worship to Him. Read the story of the tribe of Dan in the Book of Judges and learn from Dan’s mistake. Choose to respond correctly to God’s faithfulness and goodness in your life.
Tevet is the tenth month on the Hebrew calendar. The number ten represents godly authority. We are to pray for our leaders this month. The enemy will use great strategies this month to pull leaders away. Pray for God’s protection over them and that no division or offense will arise between you and the leaders in your life.
Tevet is associated with the Hebrew letter AYIN, which is the picture of an eye. This is a month to see. It’s important to get focused this month, to let our good eye see, to war against the evil eye and break the power of evil watchers. The evil eye structure is imbedded in our culture and causes dark angels and evil structures to manipulate us and misdirect us in our future. Don’t miss times of gathering together with fellow believers where we invite angelic visitation to help guide us, protect us, and press us through the year ahead according to the revelation God has given us. AYIN is also a picture of a spring or well. Let new life spring up and flow out of you.
The constellation for this month is Capricorn (the goat). We will see the nations that are not allies of God’s covenant, known as “goat nations,” take a wrong turn. This is also a time to leap forth like a goat. Be willing to war when God calls you to war and stand for your inheritance and don’t back down Be stubborn like a goat in prayer, and step on the serpent’s head this month!
Tevet is a month of holy anger and righteous indignation. Things that are out of order begin to manifest. This can cause us to become angry, but we must not sin. Our anger can give place to the devil and hinder our promise from manifesting. Take the time to fill yourself with the Word of God to set yourself free from unbridled anger and from those sins that so easily beset us.
This is a month to be sure our blood is cleansed and purified. Fasting is a good way to do that. It will cleanse our blood physically and the time spent with God will help us to ponder our path for the new year (on the Roman calendar). May God bless your path, and may you respond to God in the way that pleases Him!
All information in this Firstfruits Recap on the month of Tevet, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance,” by Chuck D. Pierce and from the message by Dr. Robert Heidler, “Firstfruits Tevet”, December 13, 2020.
The Month of Kislev
Chuck Pierce said on Sunday, November 15, 2020, during the worship time of the First Fruits service, “Kislev is a month to decode mysteries. There are many things we don’t know. God is with us. We must take a step to decode that thing we are very uncertain about. It’s going to take a step, balancing the knowns we know, and all of a sudden that which you were uncertain in, you will find a new solution.”
Kislev is associated with the Hebrew letter SAMEKH. We can tell the meaning of a letter by its shape. SAMEKH is a picture of a circle, ring or repeating cycle. This is the month to come full circle, to confront those things that defeated us in the past, to have a second chance at missed opportunities. God is a God of second chances. Don’t miss your opportunity this time. Missed opportunities can come back around but so can old enemies, so be on guard.
This is a month to break out of old cycles. Many are trapped in destructive cycles, but God wants to set us free.
God also wants us to come full circle in our trust and confidence in Him. Trust Him with those things that you don’t know or understand yet. He will help you to find the right solutions and answers you need.
Kislev is associated with the constellation Sagittarius (the archer). It is a month to shoot straight and move quickly. Like an archer, there may be times we need to cut our losses and move on! This month is a time to fight against empires and cultures. It is also a month to develop our war strategies and to have a prophetic revelation for war.
During the month of Kislev, the days become shorter and the darkness is longer. Because it is a month of physical darkness, the Jews say it is a month of dreams and night visions. Kislev is a month to be aware of your dreams. If God speaks to you in a dream this month, pay attention to what God is saying to you!
This is also a month to look at your sleeping patterns. Are certain thoughts or past events resurfacing in your sleep and causing you to lose sleep? Deal with those issues that God brings up during the night. You need your sleep to be healthy!
During this month of darkness, we celebrate Chanukah – the Feast of Lights. Chanukah is a feast for the Jews and Christians, as well. This feast is mentioned in the New Testament. Jesus gave a special Chanukah message – our God is a God of miracles! This is a time to declare that Jesus is the light of the world and a month to let your light shine!
The Jews consider Kislev a month of the womb. This is the month that the Holy Spirit moved on Mary’s womb and Jesus was conceived. It is a month for the river of God to flow from your innermost being.
This month is also associated with the tribe of Benjamin. This tribe was the gifted in the art of the bow. They could shoot skillfully with either hand and not miss.
Benjamin was Jacob’s youngest son. Rachel, Benjamin’s mother, died in childbirth. She named her son Benoni (son of my pain) but Jacob renamed him Benjamin (son of my right hand). After Jacob thought he lost his favored son, Joseph, he put all his attention and fears on Benjamin. He was very fearful of losing him, so he overprotected him. This kept Benjamin from coming into his destiny. Eventually he did overcome and enter his destiny. God gave him a second chance so he could overcome those things that defeated him in the past. Many times, we wonder why God did not shelter us from very difficult circumstances or battles. He has a purpose for those difficulties, and He wants us to gain strength to overcome and be victorious.
Sometimes we can get branded with an identity God did not choose for us. This is a month to come into your new identity. If you have been held captive by fear, God wants to set you free this month. Ask God to show you any habit or patterns that are holding you in that old identity. Clear your conscience and receive your new identity.
In this decade of Pey, it is important to guard the words of your mouth. That is key for coming into your new identity. This is a time of confession and decree. What you say now will determine your future! Our confession for the month of Benjamin: God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7.
When you feel the attack of the enemy coming, or you feel that cloak of fear, you say, “No Satan! God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” Then you are resisting the devil and he will flee from you. You will sense that fear moving away. Ask God to bring you into your true identity this month and God will give you courage and peace.
Chuck Pierce showed a video clip at the end of the First Fruits service on November 15, 2020 of the garden at Glory of Zion and how it grew and prospered over the past year. Chuck said that in the word our heart and mind is equated to the land. The garden is a good example of what God wants to do with our heart and mind in coming full circle this month. Chuck ended with this prophetic word: “God says I am bringing a divine transference this month. I am calling that Benjamin nature of yours into Judah. As you praise, as you worship, as you extend your hand, that best of you will shift and cause your land to prosper.”
All information in this First Fruits Recap on the month of Kislev, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance” by Chuck D. Pierce and from the message by Dr. Robert Heidler, “The Month of Kislev – The Month to Discover Our True Identity.” (November 20, 2020)
The Month of Cheshvan
We are now in the eighth month on the Hebrew calendar. The number eight signifies eternal revelation, new birth, and new beginnings.
This month is associated with the Hebrew letter NUN, which symbolizes the Messiah, so this month is called the month of Messiah. Pray for the Jewish people this month to come to know Jesus as their Messiah. Cheshvan is the only month with no holidays; therefore, the Jews believe that this is the month that is reserved by Messiah for the dedication of the third temple.
The constellation Scorpio (the scorpion) is linked with this month. Both scorpions and snakes are linked with Cheshvan. The Word tells us that we have been given authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, so it is a key this month to stand in the authority Jesus has given us through His Name and His Word.
This is the month to smell the fragrance of God and the month when the fragrance of God begins to flow out of us so a move of the Holy Spirit can begin. Pray for the fragrance of God to permeate your entire being – body, soul, and spirit, so God can sanctify you in every area. Our spirit is sanctified when we receive Christ but our body and soul need a progressive work of sanctification throughout our lives.
Watch the words that come out of your mouth this month, as well as what words you receive! Wrong and hurtful words can go into our inward parts and manifest as stomach problems or other physical ailments. We must war with words this month! Do not speak wrong words and do not receive wrong words! Push out any hurtful words that were spoken over you! Do not agree with them and do not let them take root in your life!
The Great Flood began in the month of Cheshvan and ended a year and 10 days later in the month of Cheshvan. The flood was a sign of judgement, but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. The first thing Noah did after getting off the ark was bring a sacrifice to God. God was pleased with Noah’s sacrifice and God said He would never again destroy the earth and all mankind with a flood. The sign of His covenant promise was the rainbow and it was revealed during this month! We must never forget that God is the Creator of the rainbow and its true meaning is a sign of His covenant with us!
Cheshvan is a month that God pulls us aside to bring a new anointing out of us. We must cry out for the anointing to get pressed out of us. As we deal with our trials and difficulties through His anointing, Christ will be seen in us. Put your heel on the head of the enemy and cut off his plans. If we are flowing in revelation and anointing, we will be conformed more and more into His image!
The tribe of Manasseh is associated with Cheshvan. Robert Heidler shared in his message this past Sunday that Cheshvan is a month to remember the reality of judgement, but also a month to turn to God and receive grace. It’s a month to forget the pain of the past as Joseph did when Manasseh was born, to be restored to God, and to go through the door to your future. It’s a month to receive God’s covenant promise. (Jeremiah 29:11) Even when you see judgement at work in the world, know that God has grace for those who turn to Him! So turn to Him this month! Set your heart to seek God! Receive grace for your new beginning this month!
All information in this First Fruits Recap on the month of Tisrei, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance” by Chuck D. Pierce.
The Month of Tishrei
We are now in the month of Tishrei, which is the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar. All sevens are special to God and dedicated to Him. This month contains several appointed times with God which are called the Fall Feasts. God has given us these appointments as a time to return to Him and to prepare us to walk in His plans for the new year. The Fall Feasts are an appointed time to awaken, to allow God to search our hearts, to cleanse us, and to draw us into fellowship with Him and experience His glory as we begin the new year.
At sundown on September 18th we began four different appointed times at once. We began the new year 5781 which is celebrated as Rosh Hashanah, the head of the year; we began the new month of Tishrei; we began the first of the Fall Feasts which is the Feast of Trumpets; and we began the Ten Days of Awe (Repentance) which continues until Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
The Feast of Trumpets is celebrated with the blast of the shofar. It signals a time to awaken. God is calling us out of our slumber, our apathy, our indifference, and our fear. Shofars are not melodic instruments. Their sound is meant to pierce our soul! Shofars are used to awaken us, to declare war, to announce the new moon, and as a shout of victory over sin and death. The shofar is blown at different times throughout the year. The Jews blow the shofar every day during the month of Elul, the month that precedes Tishrei. They conclude with a blast of the shofar on the first of Tishrei, the Feast of Trumpets, as a call to awaken. It is sometimes called the “last trump.” Jewish tradition states that the creation of the world was on the first day of Tishrei, so the Jews also celebrate the birthday of the world on this day!
On Rosh Hashana we begin the Ten Days of Awe (Repentance). These ten days end on the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. The Ten Days of Awe are meant as a time of introspection. For the believer it is a time to allow the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and reveal any unconfessed sin in our heart. This is a time to spend with God, to listen for His voice, and allow Him to show us any area in our heart that needs to be cleansed. Write down anything He reveals to you during this time.
The next part of the Fall Feasts is the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. This is a solemn day of fasting, a time to confess our sin before God, and to be restored by His atonement. Pull out that list of things that God showed you during the Ten Days of Awe and confess every sin and put it under the blood of Jesus. Then tear up that list and destroy it after you have confessed your sin before Him. Thank Him that His blood has cleansed you and made you white as snow. Take time for communion to remember the great sacrifice that Jesus paid for our sin. This is considered the holiest day of the year by the Jews. The Day of Atonement is to end with a trumpet blast and is sometimes referred to as the “great trump.”
The last part of the Fall Feasts is Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, Feast of Booths, Feast of Ingathering, or simply “The Feast.” It always begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month of Tishrei. It begins five days after Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and 15 days after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Feast of Tabernacles is a time of feasting, and a time to tabernacle with God. After being awakened and allowing the Holy Spirit to search our hearts, we have confessed our sin and put it all under the blood of Jesus. We are now ready to enter boldly into God’s presence and spend time with Him.
This is the time we remember how the Israelites lived in tents or sukkahs in the wilderness and how God tabernacled with them in the middle of the camp. He wants to come and tabernacle with us and He wants us to experience His presence and His glory. We are to remember His goodness and to talk of the many great things He has done as we feast with one another. Take time to get together with friends and family, have a meal together, talk about the goodness of the Lord, and expect His glory to show up.
Some general characteristics of this month:
This is the month to touch. Remember the woman who pressed through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment (Mathew 9). Press in and touch Him, feel His presence, and allow His healing power to flow into you.
This month is linked with arousal and awakening, as we saw with the blast of the shofar that begins the Feast of Trumpets, but this month is also linked with bitterness. Ask God to help you to be awakened to any bitterness in your heart. You do not want to carry bitterness into the new year. Confess it before the Lord and get rid of it!
Tishrei is associated with the constellation of Libra (the scales). Libra signifies the deeds of man being weighed and judgement being released. With all the corruption in our government, we need to cry out to God to weigh the deeds of man and to release judgement where it is due. God is a just judge! Cry out to Him for a righteous justice system, especially during this month. The heavens declare the glory of God as the sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end. We need to pull down the Word of God above us and see it manifest in our midst.
Tishrei is associated with the Hebrew letter LAMED which signifies returning to our absolute source. Decree this month that things that have been scattered will return to you! This can encompass many areas of our life. Ask Holy Spirit to show you what has been scattered in your life and call it back, in Jesus Name!
This month is associated with the Tribe of Ephraim which means “Be fruitful and multiply.” Ephraim was the second son of Joseph. Ephraim went before the firstborn Manasseh. Declare that you will be fruitful and multiply this year and remember that God can bring you into an unexpected place to receive a blessing.
I want to add something extra to the notes this month in relation to Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement.
The year 5780 has been an unprecedented year. It’s been shocking to see the events that have unfolded before us each day and we’ve been hearing from the prophets that the fall is going to become even more difficult. God is visiting us in judgement by bringing calamities to warn us to turn back to Him. He is actually bringing us hope that if we turn from our sin and call out to Him, He will bring healing and revival to our land. When a doctor tells a patient that he is dying from a disease, he tells the patient that if he will follow his protocol to get well, he will have a good prognosis. God is telling His people the protocol to see healing in our land. The protocol is II Chronicles 7:14. This verse says that “IF my people will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and TURN from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from heaven, I will FORGIVE their sin, and HEAL their land.”
We are standing at a crossroads in America. We have a window of time for America to turn back to God. America is following in the footsteps of ancient Israel before judgement fell upon them. God gave them warning after warning, but they did not heed the warnings. Judgement fell and they were taken into captivity.
We need to take this appointed time of the Ten Days of Awe (Repentance) and the Day of Atonement during the Fall Feasts and not only repent for our own personal sin but repent for the sins of our nation. We need to cry out to God for His mercy upon our nation.
Beginning Friday, 9/18/20, until Monday, 9/28/20, there is a call for a national movement to turn our hearts toward God and call out for revival in this land. On Saturday, 9/26/20, there will be a rally on the Washington Mall as people from around the country come to meet in a solemn assembly and fast and pray for our nation. Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew, is organizing the rally called The Return. He is the one that wrote the book called The Harbinger. He recently published his second book called Harbinger II. It tells of more harbingers (or signs) that have happened since 2001. These harbingers show that we are following in the same path as ancient Israel.
After 9/11, we were brought to our knees as a nation, but instead of staying on our knees and calling out to God, we joined together and said, “We are strong, we will rebuild, we can overcome our enemies.” We, as a nation, did not repent and turn from our wicked ways. We did not acknowledge God as the only one who can bring healing to our land. We looked to our own strength.
I implore you to participate in this event of The Return in whatever way you can – by going there, by hosting a group at your home, by hosting a Zoom group, or by participating by yourself at home. This is a time to lay down our divisions, come together as the body of Christ, flow together in unity, and seek the face of God to bring revival to the church, and healing to our land.
If you want more information on The Return, please go to www.TheReturnWebsite.org. God bless you all! Shanah Tova!
All information in this First Fruits Recap on the month of Tisrei, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance” by Chuck D. Pierce.
The Month of Elul
The Month of Elul – Elul is the sixth month in the Hebraic calendar. Elul is a month of transition. We are preparing to transition into the fall feasts and begin a new year next month, in the month of Tishrei.
Listed below are seven characteristics regarding the month of Elul.
1. Song of Solomon 6:3 – I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine!
In Hebrew, the first letter of each word in Song of Solomon 6:3 spells out the name of this month: ELUL. This is the theme for this month. God wants us to experience a new level of intimacy with Him. Spending time with Him, with all other distractions put aside, is key to being drawn into that new level of intimacy.
2. The month that “the King is in the field.”
In Biblical times a king lived in a palace protected by armed guards, big walls, and iron gates. If you wanted to meet with the King you had to make an appointment, learn proper protocol to meet him, dress correctly, and go through layers of security before you entered the throne room. It was a very intimidating experience.
But one month each year the king left his palace and went out among his people. He set up a royal tent in a field near the town, and anyone who wanted to see him was welcomed. An announcement was made: “The King is in the field!”
This is that month when our King is in the field! God is especially accessible to us during this month of Elul.
This is the time when God comes into our field – where we live, where we work, wherever we are in our everyday affairs. He wants to meet with us in that place.
Elul is a picture of the earthly ministry of Jesus. John 1:14 says The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Jesus left his palace in heaven, came to earth (our field), and lived in a tent of mortal flesh for 33 years. He was accessible to all; no appointments necessary; no special protocol; no dress code required; no layers of security to meet with Him. That’s what this month is about. Expect to meet with God in your field this month.
3. A month to fix what is broken.
We all have broken things in our lives – broken bodies, broken families, broken relationships, broken jobs, etc. God will tell you what is fixable, and He will give you the plan to repair what is broken. If something is not fixable, He will tell you so you can let go and start new and fresh.
4. The month to find your place in the company of the Lord.
Another way to describe this is finding your place in the order of the camp or in the body of Christ. We need each other. God never intended us to live a solitary life. Mistrust can keep us from connecting with the body and before long, we are totally alone. Many times, a pattern of isolation can indicate a root of rejection and mistrust. Just as a lion watches a herd and goes after the one that is cut off from the herd, isolation will leave you in the wilderness alone where hell can pick you off! If you are in your place in the corporate body, the enemy will find it difficult to pick you off. There is safety in numbers. Find your place in the company of the Lord!
5. The month to run into the tower of might.
We all become weary at times and feel like we can’t go on. Our strength can run dry. But God’s strength is endless and so much greater than ours. He can encompass and envelop us and give us rest, causing our strength to multiply and abound. When you feel like you can’t stand under the burden you are carrying, the Lord says, “Bring it up under Me.”
Proverbs 18:10 says “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe.” Isaiah 40:29 says, “He gives power to the faint and weary and to him who has no might He increases strength, causing it to multiply and making it to abound.”
6. This is the “mother” month – a month of nurturing.
You need to know who is nurturing you, as well as who has been put under your care to nurture. Make sure God is directing you in who you should nurture.
Ephesians 4:11 – And He gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the works of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
John and Sheryl operate in the office of apostle, prophet, and teachers. Their job is to equip the saints. Equipping includes nurturing and tweaking. If they come to you to tweak the gift in you, receive it as nurturing, and allow the Holy Spirit to perfect that gift in you.
7. Elul is related to the month of Gad, which means “good fortune.”
There should be an expectation of good fortune throughout this month. Rewards will begin to manifest according to what you have done. This month we need to: Think reward! We need to declare this is a time of reward! We need to expect reward!
All information in this First Fruits Recap on the month of Elul, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance” by Chuck D. Pierce.
First Fruits Recap – The Month of Av
The Hebrew month of Av is the fifth of the twelve months of the Jewish calendar. The name Av means “father.” This is a month for the divine will of the Father to be executed.
The month of Av is about going through a narrow place. The Jews call it the eye of the needle month. If you press through and make it through, you will come into a place of fullness and blessing. This is the month we metamorphose to get through that narrow place or we disintegrate.
Constellation: Leo (the lion) – This is the month when the people of God roar and a prophetic covering is created, what is above us is unlocked, and a sound begins to resound in the earth realm. (Amos 3)
Alphabet: TET – resembles a womb. Certain things will be conceived this month. The secret of pregnancy moves into the earth realm. Just like a woman can hide a pregnancy for a certain amount of time but then she begins to show, you will see this process in the earth realm, as well. This month the earth begins to contract, so we must watch where earthquakes are occurring.
This is a month where the Kingdom advances through partnership. Be very aware of who you partner with this month and watch your alignments.
This month is associated with the Tribe of Simeon. Simeon messed up, but there is redemptive power for Simeon. This is a month to hear and to be concerned.
This is a month where God may destroy some things so He can rebuild. If God allows something in your life to be destroyed, let it go, and receive the new that He wants to build.
In this month you are developing a new level of discernment or you are opposing counsel or advice. Allow God to work with you and do not resist His leading like a horse or mule that has to be harnessed.
Av is a month when we must listen carefully, as we will hear key impressions this month. Ask God to help you to hear and understand. If you have received a word and you decide not to heed that word, this is the month where your consequences begin.
The month of Av is traditionally regarded as the most tragic in the Jewish calendar. The 9th of Av was the day the people of Israel chose to receive the negative report of the 10 spies and refused to enter the Promised Land. They chose to listen to the voice of unbelief! They refused to mix the promise with faith.
God originally intended that Israel would enter the Promised Land during the month of Av and it would be a month to celebrate His goodness and the fulfillment of His promise to His people. Their choice of unbelief put them under a curse and turned the month of Av into a month of mourning and destruction.
If you study the history of the Jews, you discover that the Jews are caught in a cycle of destruction. Every year, on the 9th of Av, a window of destruction opens over them. Listed below are some of the events that have taken place throughout history on that date:
- Av 9 – 587 BC – the armies of Babylon destroyed Solomon’s Temple.
- Av 9 – AD 70 – The Romans destroyed the 2nd temple.
- Av 9 – AD 135 – the final defeat of Jews by Rome.
- Av 9 – AD 1095 – The 1st Crusade is launched, which killed thousands of Jews.
- Av 9 – AD 1290 – The Jews are expelled from England.
- Av 9 – AD 1492 – The Jews are expelled from Spain.
- Av 9 – AD 1942 – The Jews were deported from the Warsaw ghetto to the death camps.
- Av 9 – AD 2005 – The expulsion of the Jews from Gaza began.
When we don’t repent of the sins of the past, Satan has an open door to bring the curse of that sin back around on us. If we have truly repented, we won’t repeat that sin again.
Israel did not repent because they repeated the sin of Kadesh Barnea once again when Jesus came. They heard Him preach, and saw Him perform miracles, but they still turned back in unbelief and refused to receive the promise of the Messiah. But the Bible tells us that one day Israel will turn and believe in Jesus as Messiah and when that happens, the 9th of Av curse will finally be broken.
God still wants to pour out His blessings and have His children celebrate His goodness during the month of Av. We are given a choice this month – to listen to the voice of faith or the voice of unbelief. We can choose to believe God’s promises, mix the promises with our faith, and enter His blessings, or we can choose to not believe and receive a curse! God does not want us to live under a curse. Choose to believe what He says and receive His blessings!
(All information in this First Fruits Recap, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance” by Chuck D. Pierce, as well as excerpts from Robert Heidler’s messages on the Month of Av.)
First Fruits Recap – The Month of Tamuz
The month of Tamuz is the fourth month of the Hebrew calendar. Every month has a new prophetic meaning to move us forward into God’s plan. Knowing the meaning of the month helps us to stay in God’s timing, in alignment with the Holy Spirit, and avoid the snares of the enemy.
Tamuz is associated with the alphabet CHET, which means light radiating from your eyes. This is the month that Moses received the Torah on Mt. Sinai and his face glowed with the glory of God. God wants us to draw close to Him, so we receive His glory and shine for Him. Be on guard – the prince of darkness will try to extinguish the light and the glory from shining forth from our eyes.
Tamuz is associated with the Constellation of Cancer, the crab. This is a month to remove any shell off ourselves, allowing us to be vulnerable to the Lord. If we don’t take the shell off, we become hardened and we cannot enter into the next level of growth. Growth requires that we are soft and pliable in God’s hands.
This month is associated with the Tribe of Rueben. Rueben was the first-born but he lost his inheritance, and his descendants followed in his footsteps. He never crossed over and he settled east of the Jordan. Ask God to help you guard your heart and your eyes so you don’t get thrown off course like Rueben did.
(Duet. 11:26, 30:15-19) Determine now that you are crossing over!
This month has been called the filmstrip month because we need to review our life, look at our progression, and see where we need to make changes. Stop and make necessary adjustments to stay in line with God’s plan and look ahead.
This is the month when Israel developed a golden calf while Moses was on Mt. Sinai receiving the 10 Commandments. Be careful that you don’t agree with the development of a golden calf. Anything we look to other than God can be a golden calf such as another person, money, power, positions, a job, talents, abilities, material possessions, good luck charms, food, alcohol, drugs, etc. We look only to God and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. The way to move through this month is through worship. When Moses discovered the golden calf, he broke the first set of tablets on the 17th of Tamuz. This begins a three-week period ending on the 9th of Av on which the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed.
The month of Tamuz is also when Moses sent out the spies into the Promised Land. They returned on the eve of the 9th of Av. Ten of the twelve spies gave a negative report about the Promised Land. They did not believe they could take the land. They were afraid of its inhabitants and they had no faith in God’s promise, His help, or His might. Since that day, the 9th of Av and the days surrounding it have been disastrous and deadly times for the people of Israel. The Israelites call it a cursed period of time – all because of their unbelief of God’s promise. May we learn from their mistakes and believe what God has said in His Word and when He speaks to our hearts.
Tamuz is a month of covenant rights which are linked with power and strength. Covenant alignment becomes very important. Notice all your handshakes this month and who you are entering into covenant with.
Watch your mouth and confess the best the Lord has for you. Agree with His plan for your life. Accept your call from God and speak forth your destiny this month. Like who you are in the Lord. Be careful not to speak an evil report over yourself this month. Declare that you are going to be all that God has created you to be and do! Rejoice and speak positively over God’s plan for your life! It’s a good plan!
All information in this First Fruits Recap, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance” by Chuck D. Pierce.
First Fruits Recap for the Month of Sivan:
Sivan is the third of the 12 months in the Jewish calendar. It is the month in which we celebrate Pentecost, also known as Shavuot. Pentecost is actually a three-fold feast that celebrates God’s provision in the following areas:
- God’s physical provision – it commemorates the ingathering of the wheat harvest.
- God’s provision of revelation – the giving of the Torah, which took place at Mount Sinai at the time of Pentecost.
- The provision of the Holy Spirit – The Baptism of the Holy Spirit of the 120 in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost.
The Hebrew letter associated with this month is Zayin – receiving mercy for completion. We receive supernatural mercy and grace to complete things this month. Ask Holy Spirit what He wants you to complete this month.
The tribe associated with Sivan is the Tribe of Zebulun, noted for their ability in business and the marketplace. Sivan is the “businessperson’s month.” God wants us to do business with Him this month.
The characteristics for the month of Sivan:
This is a month of giving. It is a key factor for this month. Besides your First Fruits giving and tithe, prepare a special gift during this month. There are three aspects of giving we need to enter into: substance, time and revelation. We must learn to be a cheerful giver. Just giving because we feel we have to creates a snare or an idol. The month of Sivan is the time to review your giving process and to receive new boundaries for giving. God wants us to prosper in a new way! In today’s service at GOZ (5/24/20), Chuck prophesied “ Access that well or pool of My Spirit that will cause you to see opportunities, to see access, to see how to prosper in the days ahead.” God wants us to learn His prosperity principles this month.
This is the month to be merciful. Miriam became a leper for not aligning properly with Moses but God was merciful to her and gave her the opportunity to shift into proper alignment. This is also the month for us to review our alignment.
This is the month to connect your talk to your walk. (Proverbs 10:9). What you are decreeing must connect with what you are walking. We need to connect our mouth with our walk, refine our emotions, move into God’s purposes, and walk out His purposes.
In your physical body, this month pictures walking, and walking means “continuous, ongoing progress.” This is the month to go from one level of strength to the next. (Read Psalm 84)
This is a month of cause rather than result. There are certain months you are a catalyst and certain months that you see the results of what you have created – good or bad. The results of your actions this month may manifest later, just like the principle of sowing and reaping.
Sivan is also the wedding month, the covenant month. Song of Solomon is a great book to read during this month.
God is moving through the months. Earth and heaven are connected in a timed sequence. What you experience one month is part of what causes you to come full circle. We are gaining wisdom as we move forward in God’s plan. We may have wasted many years, but the redemptive, restorative power of God can quickly restore what was lost. That is why the Bible says that the years the locusts have eaten can be restored. Once you get moving in God’s time, restoration accelerates. Your restoration will double, quadruple, or go seven times faster than your waste. If you wasted 21 years, you can recoup that in three years. God can restore all that is lost or wasted! In the service at GOZ today (5/24/20) Chuck prophesied “There is a curse from the past…that needs to break, it is breaking off of us right now. Past dimensions where things were robbed from you. I am putting it in the new, along with a multiplier added to it. So it will cause your new place to multiply. My people have not understood multipliers, but I am bringing a multiplying effect over losses….” God is a God of restoration and He can restore like no other!!
(All information in this First Fruits Recap, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance” by Chuck D. Pierce, as well as prophetic words that were given during the service at Glory of Zion on 5/24/20.)
Month of Iyar 5780:
This is a month of transition. We came through the month of Nissan as we celebrated Passover. We are headed to the month of Sivan where we will celebrate Pentecost. This is the month in between; it is a connecting month. The Hebrew alphabet for this month is VAV which is a picture of a connecting pin. If we move right this month, the rest of our year connects properly!
Iyar is associated with the tribe of Issachar. They were known for their anointing to know the times, the seasons, and the secrets of God. Issachar is the connecting tribe between Judah and Zebulun. Ask the Lord how you are to connect this month to gain revelation for your course during the year, as well as respond correctly to the time frames that will move you into your next season.
This month is also known as the month of Ziv which means radiance. So we see this month is linked with light, signifying revelation. God will pour out an extra blessing upon those who seek Him to know His covenant secrets. Seek the Lord to give you the revelation to know His secrets (Matthew 13:11).
This month is associated with natural healing. One of the names of God is Yahweh-Rapha, I AM the Lord your Healer (Ex. 15:26). Ask God for healing to flow into your body naturally this month. (One of the greatest natural healing methods that God has given us is fasting.) We must also pray for a guard over our mouth (Psalm 141:3), as murmuring and complaining can open the door to sickness.
This is the month to deal with issues in our soul – our mind, will, and emotions. If we ignore any issues in these areas, we will be out of alignment the rest of the year. Do not delay – deal with any issue that the Holy Spirit puts His finger upon!
The constellation for this month is Taurus, signified by the bull. The bull is a symbol of strength. We need to move from strength to strength (Psalm 84:7). In this world we will have tribulation (John 16:33), but we must keep moving by relying on the Lord. Ask the Lord to show you where you can improve so your strength will manifest and increase.
This is a month to contemplate numbers, whether they come by a dream, a vision, or divine revelation. God speaks through numbers and they carry great meaning throughout the Scriptures. Pay attention to any numbers that God shows you.
This is a month to receive spiritual advice. God gave the church the strategy of the five-fold ministry to equip the saints. If you need spiritual advice, seek out one of His ministers that operates in the gift that will help you with the advice you need.
This month let your watching eye look inward and outward as we go through this month of transition and cross over from Passover to Pentecost.
Declarations for the Month of Iyar:
- Declare that you will move right this month so the rest of your year will connect properly.
- Declare that God will show you how you are to connect to receive revelation for your course during the year and that you will respond correctly to the times frames that will move you into your next season.
- Declare that God will give you the revelation to know His secrets and that He will pour out an extra blessing upon you as you press into Him.
- Declare that your body is healing naturally this month and that God is putting a guard over your mouth, so you won’t complain and grumble and open the door to sickness.
- Declare that the Holy Spirit will show you and help you to deal with any areas in the soulish realm of the mind, will, or emotions so that you will be in proper alignment for the rest of the year!
- Declare that your strength will manifest and increase as you rely upon Him.
- Declare that you will have eyes to see and revelation to understand any numbers that God is speaking to you about.
- Declare that you will have a watchful eye to see what God is showing you upon your path in this month of transition.
(All information in this First Fruits Recap, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance” by Chuck D. Pierce, as well as information from the First Fruits messages by Dr. Robert Heidler, from Glory of Zion.)
The Month of Nissan, 5780
Nissan begins at sundown on Thursday, March 26th. Nissan is the first month of the twelve-month cycle for the Hebraic year. This can cause confusion because we celebrate the head of the year in the fall, in the month of Tishrei.
As Chuck Pierce explains in his book, A Time to Advance:
“Originally, the Hebrew year started in the month of Tishri, but when God initiated Passover, He put Israel into a yearly cycle of redemption and commanded that Nissan now be the head of the months. … ‘This month (the month of Nissan) shall be for you the first of the months (Exodus 12:2).’
So, while the Hebrew years are still numbered from Tishrei (The first of Tishrei is Rosh HaShanna, the head of the year), the months are now numbered from Nissan. That is why the Jewish ‘New Year’ begins at the start of the seventh month.”
It becomes confusing when we try to compare the Hebraic calendar with our Roman calendar, where we see the beginning of the new year and the first month of our 12-month cycle beginning at the same time on January 1st. Passover shifted God’s calendar by making Nissan the first month in the 12-month cycle instead of Tishri. This shows us the significance of Passover and the new cycle of redemption that began with this event.
Since we’ve been grafted into God’s redemptive plan, we must learn to operate according to His calendar – in His time. We don’t have to throw out the Roman calendar, or become legalistic about the Hebraic calendar, but our ability to secure the blessing of our covenant is in the timeframe of the Hebraic calendar. Each month has a unique character and flavor because of the things that take place during that month. God has a different message for us each month. We need to know what He is saying to us so we can walk in alignment with His message and receive the blessing for that month, as well. God has a very important message for us in the month of Nissan. Not only is it a month of redemption, but also a month where we begin to see miracles, and the month that sets the course for our future.
The month of Nissan is also known as the month of Abib or the month of Aviv. The Hebraic term, Abib, is referring to the stage of growth of the grain when the seeds have reached full size. Aviv is referring to the season of Spring. Either term is referring to the month of Nissan, by making a correlation to the fullness of the grain or the season of Spring.
The Jews would wave the harvest before the Lord this month. Barley was planted in the fall and was harvested during the month of Nissan. Two sheaths were presented to the Lord as a First Fruits offering. Chuck Pierce says in A Time to Advance, “As you pray over your First Fruits giving and any other offerings during this month, wave your gift before the Lord declaring that the fullness of your harvest is being secured and that every seed you sow will prosper in new ways.” As you give this month, declare a special blessing and return on the first of your First Fruits offerings for the new 12-month cycle.
The Hebrew letter associated with this month is Hei, signifying violent praise. Hei is a picture of the wind blowing through a lattice over a window. This gives us a prophetic picture of the wind of God blowing down into us. This was the month when the wind of God blew upon the Red Sea and opened the path for the Israelites so they could begin their journey to the Promised Land. Ask the Holy Spirit to blow on you and down into you during this month.
Nisan is linked with the constellation of Aries, the ram (lamb). This is the month that we celebrate the Passover lamb. The heavens are declaring God’s glory and His story! Every month there is a different constellation in the sky above us to remind us of another part of God’s message from Genesis to Revelation.
Prayer Points for the Month of Nissan
- Judah goes first in the lineup of tribes. Whenever Israel marched through the wilderness, Judah was the first in the lineup. So, we see the connection to the first month of the year and the first tribe. Judah is linked with apostolic leadership. Judah was a warring tribe that knew how to operate with sound. Judah means praise. Praise becomes our weapon of war! Expect warfare this month but stand in God’s power and praise Him!
- We see a connection between Judah and the time of spring (Aviv) when the kings would go out to war. Judah was a warring tribe that is linked with praise but also warfare. We must discern what could infiltrate our boundaries and war for our covenant promises. Let praise arise and come out of you and break you into a new dimension of victory and wholeness. There is a sound in each of us that needs to be released. Let that sound be released and war with it! Declare that your path of healing and miracles is now before you.
- “This is the month of redemption, so be sure to ask God to help you enter into the full redemptive plan for your life. Redemption means that a price has been paid for you, which unlocks every prison door that has held you captive. Make a list of your prison doors and declare that you are opening and passing through each one.”
- “Nissan is associated with our speech: the ability to express our deepest feelings and insights. If you are making negative confessions during Nissan, you will have trouble the rest of the year!.” Celebrate Passover this month! Thank God for bringing you out of the bondage of sin and for His deliverance and many blessings. Watch what comes out of your mouth this month!
- “Nissan is a time to put your best foot forward, just as Israel did when they walked out of Egypt toward the Promised Land. Step forth in strength and consider where the Lord is leading you in the coming year.”
- “Biblically, Nissan signifies the ‘New Year of Kings.’ This month is when many political changes will take place. This is a great time to evaluate every political structure or organization with which you are aligned or involved.” *(Make note of any political affiliation with abortion. God hates the shedding of innocent blood!)
- “Nissan is the controller month. A controller in the business world is the chief accounting officer who has the authority to guide or manage economic activities and performance.” Ask God for revelation in obtaining the financial supply you need to meet your financial obligations. And remember that praise becomes our weapon of war as we contend for the unlocking and transference of wealth.
- Evaluate your life and make sure you are positioned and aligned correctly. When everything was aligned in Israel, it created a place where the glory of God could dwell in their midst. Set things in order for the coming season. Ask God to give you strategies to align correctly. God is speaking to His church about alignment because of the harvest. We must be aligned with His leaders, His people, His timing and His glory.
God bless each one of you in this month of Nissan, the head of the months, and may you fully cross over into this new season of inheritance and enter your place of fulfillment!
All information in this First Fruits Recap, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance” by Chuck D. Pierce, as well as information from the First Fruits message by Robert Heidler, from Glory of Zion.