Understanding God’s Times and Seasons
Elul is the twelfth of the Jewish civil year and the sixth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. It is a summer month of 29 days. It is also a month of repentance in preparation for Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement. Repentance prepares us to receive the favor of God.
EXAMPLE: Abigail 1Sam 25
Abigail means: “My father is joy” or “My father rejoices exuberantly”
Elul represents: “I am my Beloveds and He is mine”. The root word is “search”. It is a time to find the “King in the Field”, search out His promises and favor, and to come into knowing “who you are”!
6th Month: creation of man, incompleteness, humanity, (pots of water turned to wine), wrestling with carnal and spiritual natures. Preparation Month to get ready for Head of the Year, 5777, which begins on October 3, 2016.
YOD (or Yood) (“APPOINTED MERCY FROM THE HAND OF GOD”)
THEME: Understanding: who we are, stages of grief, how to intercede, and “Being wise and courageous even in the midst of evil”. Abagail was a strong and wise woman. Even when she was married to an abusive, harsh and foolish man, she knew what to do to intervene and save her household. Nabal, though he was of the house of Caleb, he was mean and evil in his doings. His possessions included thousands of goats and sheep with many servants. David, in the midst of grief, reacted to Nabal’s harshness thus almost bringing destruction to Nabal’s household including Abagail. Abagail was beautiful and the Spirit of Understanding rested on her. When she heard of Nabal’s unwise actions, she humbled herself, interceded for her foolish husband, taking the blame and saving the lives of all in their estates. (vs 24-29) Later when her husband died, David made Abagail his wife. Knowing who you are is the key to this month!
Gad is the tribe for this month. His name means “Fortunate”. He was the 7th son of Jacob, Zilpah (Leah’s maid) was his mother. This tribe was fierce as lions as warriors and swift as gazelles. They were courageous and crossed the Jordan to go to David in flood stage and travailed. The Gad tribe was the first to establish cities and pens for their even before they crossed the Jordan to war for the Promised Land. They had a weakness though for idolatry and were the first to go into exile. This is a month to tap into courage and guard your heart!
Mevasseret covers the south west section of Israel, the Spanish speaking countries, the lower part of North America and many of the Islands primarily. These are passionate people that are amazing worshipers when their hearts are right with God. A bent for the supernatural has to be guarded so that superstition and spiritualism is not followed. Many women experience abuse and abandonment within this region when passions are not controlled.
NATIONS: South Pacific, South America, Central America, Caribbean, West Africa, N.Africa and lower part of America; including Western Samoa, American Samoa, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Netherlands Antilles, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominic, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St.Kitts, Nevis, St.Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago, Turks, Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands, Cape Verde Islands, Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco, Mali, Algeria.
Special thanks to Chuck Pierce, Robert Heidler, Jewish Encyclopedia, Barbie Breathitt, Tom Hess, Gwen Shaw.
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