Last night we entered into the Hebrew month of Iyar. This is one of the three Spring months…. Remember that each month is a progressive blessing – the blessing of the Spring months are:
- Reconfirm your covenant with God at Passover in the first month (Nissan)
- So that, He can reveal secrets of His covenant in this second month (Iyar)
- And then He will bring you into a whole new level of Pentecost in the third month (Sivan)
Spring is a time to plant…. as you sow this month declare that your harvest is being secured and that every seed will prosper. Biblically it is the “New year of Kings”… a time of counting the years of the reigns of kings in ancient Israel. It is also the month when kings go to war (2 Sam 10:1)… This is a time to reign as kings and to use your authority…. to war for your covenant promises. Zech 10:1 tells us to ask the Lord for rain in the springtime…. this month is a time to ask for the rain of His presence.
After coming out of Egypt, Iyar was the transition month between Egypt and Mt Sinai. It was a transition to a new level in their relationship with Him from being one of deliverance to one of covenant. The rabbis have traditionally taught that this new level was actually a marriage covenant between the Lord and Israel… He became their Husband. During this transition time He began revealing His covenant secrets to them in the Wilderness – in Ex 15:26 He revealed Himself to them as their Healer, Jehovah Rophe. In fact Iyar is actually an acronym meaning Ani Yaweh Rophe. In Hebrew it is spelled: Aleph, Yud, Yud, Resh….. “Ani Yahweh Rofecha. Aleph – stands for Ani, Yud – 2 yud’s next to each other always represent God’s name and Reish – stands for Rofecha. In Ex 16:12 He revealed Himself as Jehovah Jireh, the Lord their Provider as He sent in quail in the evening and rained down Manna (angel’s food) from Heaven. Another covenant secret He taught them was the Sabbath (Ex 16:26)… He was trying to teach them to rest in Him, that He would provide everything they would ever need. This provision was given even in their grumbling (Ex 16:2). In Ex 17 He revealed Himself as Jehovah Nissi, the Lord their Banner after their victorious battle against the Amalekites. This battle was only victorious because He was their banner and fought for them…. later after the report of the spies and they are judged to wander in the Wilderness for 40 years, they realize their sin and decide to go up and take the land against Moses’ counsel and are badly defeated by the Amalekites and Canaanites. Our victories are only guaranteed when God is with us…. Psalm 108:13; Psalm 60:12; How do we learn His secrets? Simply when we ask! Dan 2:21-22, Mt 13:11, James 1:5.
Iyar is often called the month of Ziv, meaning radiance. It is linked with light or increased revelation. It is the opposite of darkness….Isaiah 60:1-3. This is also the month the disciples were taught many things about the Kingdom by Jesus during the 40 days after His death and when they waited in the upper room to receive the promise from on High. Just like every year before, as tradition dictated, they spent the night before Shavout (Pentecost) first taking an offering to the temple and then staying up all night studying the Word. But this particular year on Shavout, He fulfilled the prophecy in Joel 2. He poured out His Spirit upon them and they became changed men and women who went forth changing the world. This month we are still in the period of what is called counting the Omer. Omer in the Hebrew is to form and utter speech! This is a time to speak out the promises of God… releasing words that will help propel us into our destiny and transition us successfully into this new season!
The tribe associated with Iyar is “Issachar”, this is probably one of my favorite tribes. Jacob prophesied over Issachar in Gen 49:14-15 and Moses prophesied over them in Deut 33:18-19. Issachar was the 5th son of Leah. Five represents grace, goodness and favor of God. Remember that this is the month of transition through the wilderness before Mt Sinai.. In the wilderness they received grace – the word encampments translates “grace was available”. This month grace is available as we move towards the month of Sivan, as we learn the ways of God, the secrets of His covenant. Issachar was a man of strength that would not hold back from hard work to establish a secure place to rest. He was a burden bearer… this links the anointing to intercession. Men of Issachar were also prophetic people…. they not only had an understanding of the times and seasons, but also knew what Israel should do… 1 Chron 12:40. Deut 27:12… an Issachar anointing understands the timing of God and the government of God, carries the burden of the Lord, and releases the blessing of God into the earth realm at the crossroads of every season. Lets ask Him this month for this Issachar anointing of prophetic intercession!