Now the LORD 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
Last year as we entered into the Hebrew month of Nisan I woke up to a song in my heart and on my lips… “it’s a new season, it’s a new day. a fresh anointing is flowing my way. a season of power and prosperity. it’s a new season coming my way.” And in prayer I kept hearing God say “new day, new day!!” where He led me to Joshua 1:2 ““Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.” This happened in the Hebrew month of Nisan. A new day had come for the children of Israel… the old way of living (in the Wilderness) was over and it was now time to cross over into the Promise Land and receive all that God had promised them.
On this past Friday evening we entered into Nisan… on Sat morning I woke up with an expectancy of something new. It felt as if something in the atmosphere had shifted. Saturday was also the day of Azusa Now in Los Angeles (which marked 110 years anniversary of the Azusa Street Revival) as well as United Cry DC in Washington DC. East coast and West coast worshipping together and crying out to God on the same day for revival in our land! A day of unity in the Body. I believe we have entered into a new day… Saturday marked a day that everything changed… an historic day for us!
And not coincidentally it happened as we entered into the Hebrew month of Nisan. The month of Passover… a time of liberation, personal change, going from slavery to freedom, and the emerging out of the old. Saturday I believe we “passed over”into a new season… a season that has shifted us and positioned us for the next Great Awakening and a New Jesus Revolution. Rev. William Seymour, the leader of the Azusa Street Awakening, prophesied that in 100 years there would be an outpouring of God’s Spirit and His Shekinah Glory that would be greater and more far reaching than what was experienced at Azusa.
Revival is defined as to live again, to receive again a life which has almost expired; to rekindle into a flame the vital spark which was nearly extinguished. Another great definition I read is “The Spirit of God working through the Word of God, in the lives of the people of God.” Passover (which is in Nisan) is a time of revival and spiritual renewal, a restoration of the Power and Glory, a renewed interest in God! In Nisan the children of Israel shifted into a new season… a season of liberation as they followed Moses, the revivalist, out of Egypt. The children of Israel had been enslaved for 430 years and in Exodus 6 God told Moses that He heard their groanings….and He responded to their prayerful cries and to the hearts of His people… there was a revival of His covenant with Abraham.
Nisan is also a month of Repentance, Redemption and Miracles. It’s called the season of the ‘miracle of miracles’ and your appointed time for great blessing! Nisan has within it the word nes, which in Hebrew is miracle. It is also the month that the King had favor on Nehemiah and granted him permission to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the wall. Again, another time of revival for Israel…. in Nehemiah chapter 8 the people gather as Ezra reads the Word of God. They stood listening to the Word for about 6 hours!! Then they began weeping, because they realized how much they had sinned against God…. they were repentant… and worshipping God after it was read…. their hearts were revived and turned back to God. Again, this happened in the month of Nisan.
It is also month to watch your speech.. be aware of what your confessions are. If you speak negatively during this month, it will adversely affect you months down the road. The seeds of negativity take root and will pull you backward. Your positive confessions should “grab the wind” and change the atmosphere. Speak forth revival… in your life, your families, your city and your nation! This is also a month assigned to the right foot.. a time to step out….. and step forth in strength and consider where the Lord is leading you this year. Move ahead confidently in God. Numbers 33:3 “They set out from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month. On the day after the Passover, the people of Israel went out triumphantly in the sight of all the Egyptians”. In the Hebrew the word used is “rum” (pronounced room)… it means exalted. Psalm 18:4 says God exalts us above our enemies. Step forth triumphantly… in victory this month!
The letter “hei” is assigned to this month. Hei is my favorite of all the Hebrew letters. This letter is for behold!….it speaks of revelation and light. It is wind, breath, the Spirit of God blowing on us…. it is the divine breath of God’s creative power breathed into Adam. It is the number 5 which speaks of God’s grace and goodness. It is the transforming power of Holy Spirit that changed Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah. This blessing of the letter “hei” is available to us in the month of Nisan… His grace and goodness, His redemption, revelation and light, and of course the wind of His Spirit transforming us and making us fruitful and productive. Ask the Holy Spirit to blow upon you for a fresh revival in your heart, for new revelation, and for a quickened understanding of what God is doing.
Nisan is the month of Judah. It was the kingly tribe, the tribe of Messiah. Judah represents apostolic leadership… they were the warring tribe who knew how to operate with sound. They were the tribe that went out first in battle (Judges 20:18)… they were also the first tribe in the order of procession when Israel moved in the wilderness (Num. 10:14) Judah also means “to cast a smooth stone against your enemy”…. that is what David, who was of the tribe of Judah, did to Goliath… praise will bring your enemy down. Biblically praise and warfare are always connected. Psalm 149:6 describes the high praise of God in our mouths and as a double edged sword in our hands. Praising God is an act of war!
Judah’s symbol is the lion… Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Judah comes from the Hebrew word “Yadah”, which means to praise God with lifted hands, to give thanks, to glorify or to acknowledge God. They were a people of praise…. praise was their identity. This tribe camped to the East of the tabernacle. The entrance to the tabernacle was on the East…. likewise, the way into His presence is with praise. God assigned a portion of land to all the tribes…. Judah was given Jerusalem. God told them that He would choose one location that would be His holy place, where He would manifest His presence, this place was Jerusalem. For us to dwell in His presence and experience His blessings, we must be a people of praise.
Nisan this year is April 8th – May 8th on our calendar. Nisan is also called Aviv which means Springtime. It is a time of coming out of a dead winter and positioning yourself to bring forth new life and flourish…. a time of rebirth and a fresh start. This month sets the course for your future. Spring is a time to plant…. as you sow this month declare that your harvest is being secured and that every seed will prosper. Another Hebrew word for Spring is tishuvah… tishuvah means repentance. It is a month to repent… turn away from.. to change your mind from anything that held you back in the previous season, so you are free to move forward with God in this new season.
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 use your authority…. to war for your covenant promises with praise. 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. I loved that on Saturday the 8th (Azusa now and United Cry DC) it rained here in California and also in DC…. in fact my Facebook post that morning was Hosea 6:3 “He comes like the rain”. That day on Facebook I saw two different photos of rainbows… one over the colosseum in LA and two double rainbows a few days before over the Washington monument and the US capital.
Nisan is a time God has scheduled on His calendar for a a powerful outpouring of salvation and deliverance for our families, breakthroughs in our business and finances and the miracle of a new beginning in every area of your life! It’s a time to align yourself for abundant harvest! It’s a window of opportunity that’s passing by right now, so press in with faith and lay hold of every blood bought promise of God, paid for in full by Jesus Christ our Passover Lamb. This is a time to expect miracles not only in your life but also to expect signs, wonders and miracles working through you.