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.