Tammuz 5775 (2015)

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Today my husband and I celebrated our 18th anniversary!  I love it when special days occur… birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations of any sort, holidays, etc.  Our gregorian calendar connects us only to the earth realm.  We use it to track our life events but to know God’s schedule of events you must understand His calendar.   Studying the Hebrew months helps us receive prophetic understanding on how the Lord orders our steps throughout the year.  Each month has a unique purpose and is designed by God to release a revelation of who He is….so that you can renew your mind and begin to think like He does.

I always get excited to enter into a new Hebrew month and this month is no exception… and I especially get excited when that new month begins a new season (Summer on the Hebrew calendar).  I love new beginnings, fresh starts, and exciting possibilities.  Yes, I was one of those kids that looked forward to Sept and starting a new school year with new books, clean unused notepads… I enjoyed the fresh new possibilities that each new year held.  This past 3 month season has been one that was full of heartbreaking changes for Steve and I and our family and I’m looking forward to a fresh new season.… one full of new possibilities!  I am an extremely optimistic person.. not just a glass half full person, but a “glass half full and increasing with more fullness to overflowing” kind of person.  I tend to always find the good and positive in everything and believe that everything will always work out and I will come out on top 😊  These past 3 months, we’ve moved and left great friends/family, Steve’s dad died (the first parent for either of us to lose), and just a little over a week ago, our Pastor’s (our friends) were voted out of our church, which leaves us churchless “at the moment”.  Still, through it all I believe God has a wonderful plan that He is working out in our lives and all of these sad changes are just propelling us further and faster into our destiny.  While our calendar will hold dates of moving, death and loss of a church, God’s calendar, this month of Tammuz, holds endless possibilities of fresh vision, blessings, new beginnings, and double portion inheritance to name a few.

Tammuz is the first month of the summer season. The three months of this season – Tammuz, Av, and Elul – correspond to the three tribes of the camp of Reuben, which include Reuben, Simeon, and Gad, who were situated to the south of the Tabernacle.

The three-week period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av (July 4th—July 25th this year) is sometimes known as “the Dire Straits”, after Lamentations 1:3—“All her persecutors overtake her in dire straits” (NKJV).  It is a month where we learn to press through the narrow place to experience a new level of God’s glory, which transforms us into His image.

The letter associated with Tammuz is “chet”.  “Chet” is the 8th letter of the Hebrew alef beit (alphabet) and represents new beginnings.  Chet means light radiating through your eyes.  This is a month to see and establish the brilliance of your righteousness. Plenty of negative things occurred during this month in Jewish history. We need to counteract them through praise and declaration…. Isaiah 58:8, Psalm 112:4, and Daniel 12:3 are great places to start.  Allow God to increase your spiritual insight and perception so that you see how to move through this month aligned properly to the vision that he has given you for your life.   Tammuz is a month of choices….”chet” is the first letter in “chaim”.. meaning life;  it is also the first letter in “cheyt” meaning sin or to miss the mark…. choose wisely! see Deut 30:19

The tribe given to Tammuz is Reuben.  Reuben means “behold a son”.  Behold also means “see”.  This month is connected with vision – seeing – beholding.  It is the month of the”firstborn” (Reuben was the firstborn). In the Hebrew culture, the firstborn received a double portion of the inheritance left to the sons by the father.  Reuben had great potential – promise (Gen 49:3);  but he didn’t deal with character issues  – weakness – rejection (Gen 29:30); fell into sexual sin which was his downfall (Gen 35:22); This was not just a moral failure but revealed an inability to maintain self-control under pressure.  As a result, he lost his firstborn rights and they were given to Joseph’s sons (1 Chron 5:1).  He also settled for less than God promised, his tribe and Gad’s settled east of the Jordan and never lived in Canaan with the other tribes and no notables came from his tribe…. no judges, rulers, prophets or princes.  Although he was first born, the kingdom was given to Judah and the priesthood to Levi.  He bore this shame forever.. however, he took it to heart and instead of becoming full of self-pity and revenge, he demonstrated the fruit of repentance demonstrated through the love and concern for his brothers, father and family (see Gen 37) – so even though he lost the position of 1st born, he acted like the 1st born throughout his life.  Moses’ blessing on him was that he would live and not die and that his men not be few.  There was no remembrance of the sins of the past.  God wants to awaken the mantle of “Sonship” in our lives.  Psalms 2:7-8 – we are to declare/decree our position as sons;  Gal 4:1-7 – time to claim our inheritance as sons;  Rom 8:14-17 – as sons & daughters we are endowed with authority in His kingdom;  This is a time to displace, to cast off  an “orphan spirit” and embrace the spirit of sonship with all of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities (John 5:19); 

This was a month of choices and serious consequences for Israel.  We can learn from these choices and walk in the original blessings that God intended for Tammuz.  Two specific choices were made in this month….

1.  Golden calf (Ex 32)…. this represents their refusal to let go of their past and their inability to maintain their commitment to God when their patience is tested. A golden calf is built when we lose faith in an invisible, unnameable God who may have abandoned us in the wilderness.  Their words in the wilderness set them up for this choice when their patience was tested.  Wilderness is the Hebrew word “midbar” which comes from the root “devar”  meaning speech.  This is a good month to take stock of our words and where they may be leading us.  In addition to their words setting them up, they also made a mistake at Mt Sinai when God desired a relationship with them.  Because they had rejected the face to face relationship with God that He desired, they lacked the spiritual strength to connect with God on their own when they thought Moses’ wasn’t coming back.  Their idolatry began in their refusal/fear to approach God face to face – Moses became their god, their deliverer (Ex 32:4).  The mixed multitude (who didn’t join the Israelites to convert, but only chose the winning side) suggested they build an intermediary for Moses’ stead.  Be careful who you allow to be joined to you.

The golden calf was never God’s plan for the month of Tammuz.  This was a choice they made because they couldn’t cast off a slave mentality and trust God.  They didn’t deal with character weaknesses and take hold of their words speaking out the blessings of God and what He had for them.  (1 Cor 10:6… Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.)

2.  This was also the month the spies were spying out the land.  They left on their mission on the last day of Sivan and came back with their report on the 9th of Av.   Deut 1:22-23 tells us that it was their idea to go spy out the land, not Moses’ idea or God’s. Moses’ instructions to them (Num 13:17-20).  They were to give an intel report only not to advise on the feasibility of the mission.  One of the first places they come to is Hebron.  Hebron means “seat of association”.  it’s where the patriarchs and the past history makers were buried — Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Leah. That’s where the past revivalists, the godly seed, and the godly inheritance were buried.  This should’ve encouraged them!  Serving as a reminder of the faithfulness of God.  Next month is when they come back to give their evil report.  This month is when they were in the promise land scouting it out.  Remember this is a month of vision.. as God shows you His promises for you, don’t be like the Israelites and request to see for yourself if what God has said is possible.  Trust His Word and begin to declare the promises of God over your life.  Psalm 106:24 says that they despised the precious land and did not believe His Word.

Tammuz is the month that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still.  He didn’t pray and ask God, rather he commanded it himself.  Begin commanding circumstances around you to change in your favor.  This was also the month that Ezekiel had his vision found in Ezekiel chapter 1, in Hebrew called Merkabah:  The Chariot.   According to the rabbis, this chapter in the Bible is so dangerous that it is forbidden to be taught to groups of disciples.  It could be taught to no more than one student at a time, and only if he is a mature student.  Because it is so dangerous, it is forbidden to be read in the regular synagogue service.  It’s revelation killed one of Israel’s most famous rabbis, made another crazy and led another to heresy.  For hundreds of years, even the name of this chapter caused knowledgeable Jews to shudder.  This is the first vision of Ezekiel, who was among the exiles in Babylon, 1,000 miles from home.  One day he was outdoors by the river Chebar (from a root word in Hebrew meaning “abundance”).  He saw a storm wind (like the one that snatched Elijah away).  The Hebrew words also carry the meaning “Spirit-storm” – for this was clearly a storm of the Spirit.  We can only receive a manifestation of a “Spirit Storm” from a place “flowing with abundance” of prophetic worship.  What will you do when His storm wind approaches?  Will you like Ezekiel, bow down before Jesus, receive His instruction and be filled afresh with His Spirit?  Your response is crucial this month..  a month of choices that is a turning point for us… a crossover month that will take us into our Promise Land.

As a final reminder, don’t let this be a negative month of bad choices… choose to make this month a month of vision, a month of first born rights of double portion and blessing, a time of new beginnings and life, a month of sonship and receiving our inheritance.

1. Repent of any false idols you’ve developed due to unbelief and impatience (Hebrews 6:12 tells us that through faith and patience we inherit the promises of God).  

2. Don’t be like Reuben and lose your inheritance/blessing.  Repent of a possible spirit of rejection that you may be carrying or the inability to maintain self-control under pressure.. ask God to search your heart for any weaknesses of character. 

3. Choose to believe God’s word to you regarding His promises.. don’t be like the children of Israel and have a need to “spy them out”.  Declare daily “God Your promises are yes and amen in my life”

4. Watch your covenant alignments and repent of any peace treaties you’ve made with the enemy (Josh 10:14)…  Pray before undertaking any partnerships/yokes.  

5. Guard your heart against the spirit of oppression, religion, intimidation, blindness, and accusation.

6. Receive fresh vision this month.  Allow God to increase your spiritual insight and perception so that you see how to move through this month aligned properly to the vision that He has given for your life.

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