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Happy New Year!
Hebrew month of Nisan/Abib
We have now entered the month of Nisan, the first of the twelve months in the Hebrew calendar.
The Hebrew years are numbered from the fall month, Tishrei, which begins the Head of the Year, while the months are numbered from Nisan/Abib. Another way of saying this, is, the Civil calendar begins in Tishrei, of the year 5782 but the Spiritual calendar begins in Nisan/Abib!
This is the month of Passover, the celebration of the Jews being rescued from the tyranny of Pharaoh and the Egyptian Gods. May we also be rescued from the little gods of this world.
There are some key prophetic points to this month according to Linda Heidler and Chuck Pierce in their book, A Time to Advance, (Understanding the significance of Hebrew Tribes and Months) as well as from Christine Vales and Eric Burton.
Nisan comes from the Hebrew word, ‘nes’ which means ‘miracles’ while the other word for this month, Abib, means ‘harvest,’ particularly the spring harvest.
According to Christine Vales, this is ‘a time to burst forth, Isaiah 43:19.’ God is doing a new thing. Nisan is really a new starting point, as the story of the exodus reveals types and shadows to our own deliverance.
A great reminder is Psalm 74:13-14, which says "You split the sea by your strength and smashed the sea monster's heads. You crushed the heads of Leviathan and let the desert animals eat him."
Our own deliverance is also prophesied in Isaiah 43:1-2 AMP ‘But now, this is what the Lord, your Creator says, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you [from captivity]; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.”
The word Hebrew, actually means, ‘one who crosses over’….The Israelites crossed over the Red Sea, and were meant to cross over into their promised land. But most of them fell short through unbelief and rebellion, and had to wander through the wilderness for 40 years before their offspring gained their inheritance.
We are also meant to cross over into our spiritual inheritance. Crossing over means we have to move to the sound of the Spirit. This is signified by the Hebrew letter hei for this month. Hei means breath, wind or spirit, characterized by thought, action, or word.
This month, our words are significant, so we must watch our speech. Isaiah 57:19 says, ‘I create the fruit of the lips!’ (KJV) Often what we say is what we get, so decrees are crucial in this month!
This month is also linked with the tribe of Judah, which is the first in the order of the tribes. Judah means ‘praise’ and is linked with routing our enemies with the praises that come from our mouths.
Nisan is also a month to put your best foot forward. Israel had to move out of the land of bondage. They had to escape from the past, and we need to do the same. Leave the past spiritual season behind! It’s over and done with! God can redeem it. That’s what he does!
As we travel the spiritual road from Purim to Passover, we see it’s all about walking in freedom, even though there is deep darkness all over the earth.
We are called to walk in the light, as Jesus is the light of the world, and He lives in us…..Shalom, shalom!