Adar And The Four Shabbatot
We have reached the 12th and final month of the Biblical Year, a month of repentance, celebration, and a time to begin making new year resolutions. This was the preparation time of Israel before finally leaving Egypt, and the final days of God’s judgement over Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt. This is your month of deliverance from everything the fallen kingdom of darkness has kept you in bondage with and the time to be free from any lingering mindset of slavery keeping you from the fullness of the promises of God over your life. We continue on the journey of complete trust in Adonai for everything we need to fulfill our destinies in and through Him. It is the month of the Four Shabbatot with each shabbat carrying special meaning as we navigate this month of Adar, like a prophetic blueprint that gives us understanding about what to expect this month and how to be prepared. This is the month to be free and rejoice giving all glory to Yeshua Who Was, Is and Is to come.
The first shabbat of Adar is the shabbat of Shekels when every Israelite would have given a half shekel at the Temple of God to take a census of everyone 20 years and older in Israel, as well as to pay for the sacrifices for the atonement of their sins and remember the wickedness of the past when Israel worshipped the golden calf (Exodus 30:6-11). It is a timewhen we also remember how God exposed the pride of David when he ordered the census of Israel without the command of God and by not obeying the law for each person to pay the half shekel to avoid the punishment of God upon Israel (1 Chronicles 21).
Today, as the blood of Yeshua has allowed for the forgiveness of our sins, we are reminded on Shabbat Shekalim not to be so proud as to think that any self-punishment for our personal sins can come anywhere close to the perfect sacrifice of Yeshua on the cross. Like David we are are being reminded that we have no right to think ourselves equal to or better than the only price that has forgiven the sin of the world. On this shabbat we give special thanks for blood of the Lamb and remember never to let our pride get in the way of the perfect love and sacrifice of Yeshua for His bride to be. Let us not fall into the trap of false humility by cheapening or rebelling against such a precious gift. This day marks the day of our freedom and rebirth as sons and daughters fo the Most High God when we decide to fully accept and receive the forgiveness Yeshua died for, and to come before the throne of Grace with humble, contrite hearts and thanksgiving on our lips.
The 2nd shabbat of the month which precedes Purim (March 7th) is the Shabbat of Remembrance. On this shabbat just as Adonai commands us to remember to keep shabbat Holy (Exodus 20:8) and to remember what He did to Miriam on the roadside (Exodus 13:3) there is one other unique thing Adonai tells us (Israel) never to forget. On this day we read Deuteronomy 25:17-19 that says,
“Remember what Amalek did to you along the road when you came from Egypt, how he met you along the road and attacked all the stragglers at your rear when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God. Therefore when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your surrounding enemies, in the land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance to possess, you shall wipe out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you must not forget”.
This is especially potent as Hamman was a descendant of Amalek (Esther 3:1) and represents those who do not fear God. Imagine, Amalek had the gall to attack the people of God whom He (God) had just prior to Amalek’s attack on Israel done great wonders in Egypt to set His people free. There was a complete lack of the fear of Adonai which continued all the way up until the time of Esther. On this day we remember not only Amalek and the great miracle of Purim, but especially who we are and who our enemy is. The very name Amalek represents spiritual blindness, and wiping out Amalek is a direct call for Spiritual warfare against the fallen kingdom of darkness.
Amalek represents the children of darkness in this world (1 Thessalonians 5:5) and we have all been called by Elohim to resist the devil and contend for our faith which puts us immediately and directly at war with the fallen kingdom of darkness (2 Corinthians 10:4, Ephesians 6:12, 2Timothy 3:8, Jude, 1:3, etc). Turning the other cheek is about personal offenses for the sake of righteousness, but not being blind and doing nothing in the face of the wickedness happening all around us. Today, remember to take up the mighty weapons of warfare we have been gifted by the Most High (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). May the beat of the war drums of the army of God resound in your ears this day and bring you back into lock step with the Lord of Hosts, the Lord mighty in battles.
The Shabbat of the Red Cow is a curious celebration, but holds within it a great mystery that was finally fulfilled through Yeshua. The ordinance of the sacrifice of the Red Cow (Numbers 19:1-22) outside the Tent of Meeting and later outside the Temple, for most of us as Jews doesn’t really make a lot of sense because the person who sacrifices the Red Cow becomes impure while the sprinkling of the ashes is used to make people clean. However, as it was commanded by God it was done as it was commanded only to find out after thousands of years that the sacrifice of the Red Cow was fulfilled by Yeshua’s death and resurrection. Both the Red Cow and Yeshua were perfect and without blemish and sacrificed outside the camp (Temple), they each made the one who offered the sacrifice unclean but made the one sprinkled by it clean, and lastly sacrifices made people clean for priestly service.
What’s more the Red Cow could never have had a yoke put upon it and when the water was mixed with the ashes of the Red Cow before applying it after having had contact with a corpse (sin and death) it was called the Waters of Separation. Which is exactly the water Yeshua became for us in fulfillment of Zechariah 13:1 that says,
“In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the people of Jerusalem for [cleansing from] sin and impurity.”
After the celebration of Purim of the salvation of Israel we are brought suddenly to today through the fulfillment of this sacrifice and forced to see the utter perfection in all that God commands spanning thousands of years. This brings us into the awe and wonder of the mysteries of Adonai and reminds us when God commands us to do something it always has great purpose even if we do not immediately understand. This is the time bring to memory anything Adonai has commanded us to do which we have left undone, and no matter how small or great a thing, to be reassured in our faith that whatever has to move to bring it to pass will be moved as we obediently begin to walk in what the Great I Am has commanded us knowing He has only plans to prosper those who love Him. Fear none but Adonai, and let every other fear fade away in the face of His power and might. This your moment to let Him fight your battles and walk in obedience to the great call He has over your life. Your destiny is at hand.
The last shabbat of Adar is particularly special in the Biblical Calendar because it means the Biblical New Year has begun and the celebration of Pesach (Passover) is almost here. It is both the celebration of the beginning of the new month (Rosh Chodesh) and the New Year. The Shabbat that precedes the new month is called Shabbat Mevarchim. Mevarchim means “they (the congregation) bless the new month that is coming”. The beginning of the new year is also the beginning of Spring and is actually the very first command of God to Israel before the Exodus (Exodus 12:2).
This is a day of new beginnings and a fresh start in both the natural and the Spirit individually, as the body of Yeshua, and for the whole world that will bring major shifts to everything, and we have to decide how we will finish and begin. This is the time to buckle down and refuse to let the enemy take your inheritance for this new year, receive it in the mighty name of Yeshua, and begin confidently in the victory of Adonai. It will be a year of great shaking in the world, but also great awakening. Adonai has put us here for such a time as this, and it is time to rise to the occasion for which we have been blessed and uniquely anointed to see HIs kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. May we operate in the Fear of Adonai and for His glory as His witnesses here on earth.
Pride, false humility, Spiritual blindness, are the things we put behind us this month and in order for us to be effective warriors in the army of God as Spiritual warfare commences. Obedience, humility, focus, and the fear of Adonai sharpen and hone the weapons of our warfare as the army of God during this 12th month. The Amaleks and Hammans of this world are very real and actively seeking to destroy the people Elohim loves and to steal our destinies right out from underneath us. We are not spiritually blind though and see through the schemes of the fallen kingdom of darkness and will be victorious, receiving the just and righteous decree of the King as Queen Esther and all of Israel did before us.
Our King Yeshua is with us and for us, and if we could see the angel armies marching into battle with us everyday as we choose to walk in the victory of Adonai we would be afraid for the enemies of YHWH. Many mysteries of God will be unfolded this Adar as the year comes to a close, and the prophetic blueprint for this new year ahead will be rolled out for those with eyes to see and ears to hear what Adonai is saying for such a time as this. May this Adar be full of breakthrough, awakening, activation, and a double portion of the presence of the Most High. Adonai bless you and keep you!