Awareness of times and Seasons
Sivan is the third month on the Hebrew Calendar, and there is much the Lord has to say about the month of Sivan. As with previous months, I take time to seek the Lord and listen closely to what He is saying so that I can move forward with Him and also give a prophetic message to those of you who will be reading these words. We live in a time where operating in religion is not enough. Rituals without the presence of God take us out of responsibility as a Kingdom representative and cause us to think if we do a + b, we will get c. That is not how the Kingdom works. God is calling us to steward His will for this earth, and that is a huge responsibility. Becoming aware of times and seasons help keep us in harmony with God and others. It also reveals hidden traps, and it aligns us with God. This is the reason why I follow the Hebrew Calendar; my desire is to know God’s timing so that I can co-labor with Jesus to bring what is true in Heaven into the earth.
Tribe of Zebulun
The month of Sivan is linked with the tribe of Zebulun, the last of the six sons of Jacob and Leah. The name Zebulun means, “exalted house.” This tribe was known for their ability in business and the marketplace. Therefore, Sivan is the “businessperson’s month.” A positive trait of the tribe of Zebulun was they had a clear sense of their identity. They knew who they were and who they were connected to. This month is a time to discover your own identity with the Lord. Who are you in Christ?
Unfortunately, when it came to taking the promised land, Zebulun did not fully obey God’s commands. The Lord had told them to take ground, and they decided to make the former inhabitants of the land their slaves instead of destroying them. This serves as a warning to us today, we need to obey God and drive every spiritual enemy out of our territory.
Hebrew Letter: Zayin
The Hebrew letter associated with the month of Sivan is Zayin, which means “weapon” or “sword,” or “scepter.” It symbolizes power and authority. When Jesus sent out the twelve disciples in Luke 9:1-2, “He have them power and authority to drive our all demons and to cure diseases, and proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” There are many today that believe that this mandate was only given to the twelve apostles, and after they died, there was no longer any need for that kind of power and authority. Thankfully, there is nothing in the Bible to suggest that kind of thinking is true. There has been evidence (since the death of the apostles) that the Holy Spirit is still giving people power and authority to cast out demons, cure diseases, proclaim the Kingdom, and heal the sick.
Our authority is like a badge, and it shows the enemy that we are representatives of the Kingdom realm. To have authority, we must surrender to the Lord in all of our ways, for if we have anything in common with the enemy, we lose our authority. We are who God says we are, and God has called each of us to operate in authority over the supernatural forces of evil in this dark world. If authority is like a badge, that makes power like a gun. Power doesn’t come from humans; it comes from God Himself (Holy Spirit). A person who surrenders to the Lord has authority, but they also have power when they continue to pursue the King and the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Word of God has the authority, and Christ in you has the power. The guide for us to walk in both areas is given to us in the book of James. We must submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him in the power given to your by Jesus] and he will flee from you (James 4:7, AMP). This means that we can’t just read the Bible and get authority, we must actually do what the Word of God says, walking humbly before God. Zayin is a picture of this very concept of power and authority, and it represents the Lord Jesus Christ, equipped with he sword of the Holy Spirit. The sword mentioned in Hebrew 4:12 is a short sword that was sharpened on both edges of the blade. The two edges represent the Word of God. One side represents the written Word, and the other side represents the spoken Word. We must learn how to speak His Word out loud and decree the power of God over every situation that arises in our lives.
Ruach Elohim and Pentecost
That Breath of Life that energized the first of mankind and put a spirit into his soul is the Ruach Elohim. The book of Job affirms this fact, “The Spirit of God [Ruach Elohim] has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4, NKJV) David declares this of God in the book of Psalms, “when you take away their breath they die and return to the dust. When you send your Spirit [Ruach], they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.” (Psalm 104:29-30, NKJV). Ruach Elohim, the Spirit of God, is the unstoppable, mysterious, and magnificent life-giving third Person of the Trinity. In the month of Sivan, we have an opportunity to pursue the Holy Spirit, for it is the month of Pentecost.
There are two memorable days of Pentecost found in the Bible. 50 days after the first Passover was the arrival of the children of Israel at Mount Sinai, where Moses received the law in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, fifty days are found in between Jesus’ resurrection (during the 2nd Passover) and Pentecost, where God caused a visible outpouring of the Holy Spirit to fall upon men and women. Pentecost is also known as the Feast of Weeks, which celebrates God’s provision. This Feast commemorates the ingathering of the wheat harvest (which represents God’s physical provision). In the year 2022, this is significant for us to remember that our provision doesn’t come from a paycheck or the state of our country’s economy, but from Yahweh. The Feast of Weeks also commemorates the giving of the Torah (which represents God’s provision of revelation) at Mount Sinai as well as the provision of the Holy Spirit in Acts chapter 2. From all of this we can see into the name of Jehovah Jireh (The Lord who Provides), that He is our sufficiency. He provides for our physical needs; He provides revelation of who He is and who we are in Him; and He provides the Divine Encourager, the Holy Spirit.
Theme: Hunger and Thirsty Souls
Psalm 63 is the scripture connected to the Month of Sivan, and it’s important that we take time to meditate on Psalm about thirsting for God. god wants to increase your hunger for Him. In the spiritual realm, eating makes you hungry. When we taste and eat of His Word, our hunger for Him increases. If you are struggling to read the Bible, this is the enemy’s plan to block you from growing closer to God. We must develop in our discipline of reading the Word, even when we don’t eel like doing it, do it anyway. The Psalms and the Gospels are a good place to start if you are stuck. May your passion for God increase this month and may the Holy Spirit fan it into a blazing fire!
Holy Spirit, we come before you with praise and thanksgiving. We declare that you are God in the earth realm, and we welcome you into our space. We desperately need you to come and stir up a hunger in people’s hearts for You! Reignite a fire and a passion for both Your Word and Your presence. In Jesus name, amen!
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“Hebrew 4:12.” Bible Gateway, 2015, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%2B4%3A12&version=AMP.
“James 4:7.” Bible Gateway, 2015, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James%2B4%3A7&version=AMP.
“Job 33:4 NKJV.” Bible Gateway, 1982, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job%2B33%3A4&version=NKJV.
“Luke 9:1-2.” Bible Gateway, 2016, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+9%3A1-2&version=ESV.
“Psalm 104:29-30.” Bible Gateway, 1982, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2B104%3A29-30&version=NKJV.