“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea – though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride (Psalm 46:1-3)
The Jewish people’s history is flecked with tragedy and shakings. Moyshe Rabbenu’s (Moses’) curses of Deuteronomy 28:15-68 speak of drought, famine, war, pestilence and plague – “all the diseases of Egypt of which you were afraid” (Deuteronomy 28:60). What the world is experiencing is in a small way similar to Moses’ prophecy.
Yet as the tsunami of corona crashes across the continents of the world, we remind ourselves: God is our solid rock and there’s no panic in Heaven’s throne room. YHVH’s plans stride forward unshakeable. “YHVH of armies is with us! The God of Jacob is our stronghold!” (Psalm 46:11)
Today is the real Jewish New Year
The Bible has only one Rosh Hashana (the Head of the Year). According to Moses this Jewish New Year is not in the Fall but in the Spring: “Now YHVH said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, ‘This month shall be the beginning of months for you. It is to be the first month of the year to you’” (Exodus 12:1-2). Rabbinic authorities later moved the New Year to come into line with the Babylonian pagan calendar. But YHVH’s calendar and His feasts (as per Leviticus 23:1-44) still remain “His appointed feasts” (Leviticus 23:2) and are part of His irrevocable calling on Israel, and part of His unalterable gifts to the Jewish people (see Romans 11:29).
The Jewish New Year (which falls this year on the evening of Wednesday March 25) is special. It has a value of its own, and stands totally apart from the Feast of Trumpets, the fifth feast in the calendar cycle (Leviticus 23:23-25). Six historical events of great significance occurred on this date:
The waters of Noah’s Great Flood dried up
“Now it came about in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the surface of the ground was dried up” (Genesis 8:13)
The desert Tabernacle was erected
“On the first day of the first month you shall set up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting . . . Now in the first month of the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was erected” (Exodus 40:2, 17)
The repair and consecration of Solomon’s Temple was initiated
“In the first year of (Hezekiah’s) reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the House of YHVH and repaired them . . . Now they began the consecration on the first day of the first month” (2 Chronicles 29:3, 17)
Ezra began his journey from Babylon to Jerusalem
“For on the first of the first month he began to go up from Babylon. And on the first of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, because the good hand of his God was upon him” (Ezra 7:9)
Haman began to cast lots (Purim) to choose when to destroy the Jewish people
“In the first month, which is the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, Pur, that is the lot, was cast before Haman from day to day” (Esther 3:7)
The prophetic word of YHVH concerning Egypt’s downfall came to Ezekiel
“Now in the twenty-seventh year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the word of YHVH came to me” (Ezekiel 29:17)
Prophetic significances of these events
The above events are loaded with redemptive significance:
- It’s the biblical new year. Israel’s religious/secular year’s business begins on that day
- It marks the end of that judgment on the planet – declared when Noah noted the full drying of the land
- It heralds the establishment of the Tabernacle – the atoning way to God was now open
- It is celebrated by the blowing of trumpets (Numbers 10:10) – the intercessory path to God was now open
- It highlights the entrance into the Promised Land (1 Chronicles 12:15), the day for Israel to enter into her national calling
- The beginning of the Jewish people’s restoration from Babylon began with Ezra on this day
- Haman’s demonic countdown – the enemy’s counterfeit of the holy and redemptive significance of this day
Clash of the Titans
For some of us, it’s a stretch (or even a shock) to realize that the God of Jacob claims the Hebrew calendar as His own. His New Year is the 1st of Aviv, whereas humankind has all kinds of other New Years. Even the majority of modern Jews celebrate a Rabbinic (but not a biblical) New Year.
The names of the months in our Western Gregorian calendar are based on Greek and Roman gods/deities/demons (e.g., March from Mars, the god of war; January for Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, etc.). The week days are named after Norse gods/demons (Wednesday after Wodin; Thursday after Thor; Friday after Frigga, etc.).
The Biblical Jewish New Year offers us a great opportunity to hit ‘reset’ on our traditions, and consider what the future holds.
When Messiah Yeshua returns, the whole planet will follow the Hebrew calendar. Ezekiel 45:18 prophesies a future Jerusalem holiday on the 1st of Aviv, while Zechariah 14:16-19, 8:18-19 and Isaiah 66:23 show that the entire planet will be keeping the Jewish calendar. Greek, Roman and Norse titans will all bow the knee and declare that Messiah Yeshua and His calendar are sovereign over the whole earth (Isaiah 45:23; Philippians 2:10-11).
Spotlight on the good promises of God
As the earth trembles, as our freedom of movement is compressed, God wants us to focus on the fact that He really is in control as He brings loving correction and righteous discipline to this wayward planet. “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed . . . to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:34-35). “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend/overpower it” (John 1:5). “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
How should we then pray?
- Pray for God to bring revelation and alignment to believers everywhere concerning His times and seasons (Daniel 2:21; Genesis 1:14-18)
- Pray for the healing and saving of many who are sick with coronavirus
- Pray for supernatural gifts of healing to increase on the earth through praying believers
- Pray for divine strategies in preparation for further shakings and opportunities yet to come
- Pray for the raising up of Ezekiel’s prophetic Jewish army
Your prayers and support hold up our arms and are the very practical enablement of God to us in the work He has called us to do.
In Messiah Yeshua,
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