Shabbat Shalom! Today on the 10th of Nissan (April 4th), the first Shabbat HaGadol (Great Shabbat) was celebrated by the Israelites in Egypt 5 days before the Exodus wen Moses told the Israelites, “to take a lamb or young goat for themselves, according to [the size of] the household of which he is the father, a lamb or young goat for each household (Exodus 12:3). It was also the birthday of the prophetess Miriam, the sister of Aaron and Moses, who after the destruction of Pharaoh’s army after the crossing of the Red Sea took a timbrel in her hand, all of the women following her and dancing, saying to them, “ Sing to Adonai for He has triumphed gloriously and is highly exalted. The horse and the rider He has hurled into the sea” (Exodus 15:20-21). It is a Shabbat of rejoicing and freedom prophesying the victory that is it today, Yeshua being with us now until the end of the age, and is currently the barley harvest now in Israel.
It is not a day of coincidence, but rather a day of destiny as it was also the same day that Joshua and all of Israel crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land to the place called Gilgal (Joshua 4:19-20). If that were not enough, it was on Nissan 10 that Yeshua made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, entering on the first day of the week. As He entered it was to the joyous shouts of people saying “Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of Adonai!” (Matthew 21:9). Hosanna originated from the Hebrew word Yasha, meaning to be open, wide or free. and is often translated “save now” in Psalm 118:24-26. But that is not all! In Ezekiel 40:1-2, Ezekiel has a vision on the 10th of Nissan of the New Temple where He saw the glory of Hashem enter from the eastern gate! (Ezekiel 43:5).
The Shabbat of the age past reminds us to give thanks to Elohim who delivered Israel from Egypt, and brought them across the Jordan to take the Promised Land. In the present age, we give thanks to Yeshua, who willingly entered Jerusalem, knowing He would soon be betrayed, beaten and crucified, but also knowing the promise of the Father that He would indeed be raised on the third day. We give thanks in this present age that although there may be pestilence in the Land we celebrate that Yeshua is in us and us in Him and that the Father has sent His Holy Spirit. Even today in Israel it is Yom HaAliyah or Aliyah Day that celebrates all of those who have done Aliyah back to Israel and the millions more that are yet to come as Ezekiel 34:13 prophecies will come to pass. We rejoice just as Miriam and the women of Jerusalem, for the victory that was and is and is to come! As we celebrate this Shabbat HaGadol, we celebrate the fulfilled promises of the Most High that will be fulfilled soon, but we also look to the time when the glory of Adonai will fill Jerusalem in the next age when all the nations will come to Mount Zion, Jerusalem, and every knee will bow and tongue confess Yeshua is King.
Join us as we behold in awe the perfect timing of the Most High, assured of our daily victory in Yeshua, and the victory to come. This is the day of the shift when we celebrate and prophecy the great harvest that is to come. Just as this is the time of the barley harvest in the natural, so too is it a sign of the times to come. Let us see not with our natural eyes, but with the same eyes that Moses, Joshua, Ezekiel and Yeshua saw the promise from the Throne of Almighty God. Adonai bless you mightily on this prophetic day, the Shabbat of Ages, Shabbat HaGadol!